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Mini's First Time Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 13, 2006
It doesn't help that first-time screenwriter/director Nick Guthe created such a superficial group of characters. Few, if any, seem believable or are interesting enough to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 7, 2006
The characters in Mini are played by fine performers (Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Carrie-Anne Moss), but they're still one-note.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 7, 2006
A lethal joyride through the debauched lifestyles of L.A.'s glamour-industry elite.
| Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
The Cinema Source
September 1, 2006
Mini's First Time is a down-and-dirty exercise in depravity and debauchery; in other words, just the kind of plot that gets us to turn off the TV and head for the multiplex -- blue states and red states alike.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 1, 2006
Much of the film reeks of decadence and new money-the snazzy cars and clothes and the boxy, minimalist modern stone and glass interiors that are as cold as the characters themselves.
Brent Simon
August 31, 2006
Touches fleetingly on an interesting phenomenon - namely, the manner in which a father's advances simultaneously disgust and enthrall his teenage stepdaughter.

Film Threat
August 22, 2006
Mini is a wonderful character, and she's the villain you simply can't help but root for, watching the dominoes fall where they must, and lets these yuppies self-destruct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 18, 2006
Trashy but fun, Mini's First Time is like one of those paperback books you might take to the beach. You don't brag about having read it, but you enjoy every page.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
July 15, 2006
A deliciously evil black comedy that's sure to elicit lots of shameful giggles throughout.
| Original Score: 3.2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 14, 2006
Mini's First Time is delectably vulgar for 20 minutes or so, almost too bad to be true, but it soon loses its cheap-thrills appeal.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 14, 2006
Pitch-black and bound to offend anyone who's not on its wavelength, Nick Guthe's entertainingly slick debut is a mordantly funny slice of lust, crime and sleaze life set in the world of L.A.'s industry elite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Goldstein
July 14, 2006
The director has created a stylish spoof filled with some razor-sharp dialogue and truly wild, original moments.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 14, 2006
Mini's First Time is not about taking an honest look at adolescence. It's not even really about teens, or high-school life, or upper-class marriages. What it's about is an unpleasantly pervy adult male view of teenage girls.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 14, 2006
Surrounded by all these pros, Reed more than holds her own: She has so much integrity about being amoral that she keeps the audience dangling between disgust and admiration.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 14, 2006
Mini has a cleverly devious wrap-around ending, but you have been warned: It's twisted.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2006
The swirl of bad girl shenanigans, Hollywood satire and noir-ish melodrama in Mini's First Time that was intended to make for an icy cocktail of prurience and moral insight tastes more like freezer burn instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 14, 2006
It's a bad, preposterous and horrifyingly cliched black comedy about a girl gone wicked.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 14, 2006
Guthe is so anxious to show us what a larcenous tramp Mini is that he never shows us any other sides to her. We have her pegged from the get-go, even if no one in the movie does.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Cabin
July 13, 2006
a bloated waste of time and money... an unequivocal low.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 13, 2006
Mini's First Time is Bret Easton Ellis territory with palm trees, explored by smarmy blunderers.
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