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Mini's First Time Reviews

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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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 27, 2006
A cheeky neo-noir that updates Double Indemnity for the high school set, Mini's First Time trades in black humor so dim you'd need a flashlight to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
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.
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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
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
July 13, 2006
a bloated waste of time and money... an unequivocal low.
| Original Score: 1/5
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James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 13, 2006
Mini is too tame for Skina-max and too inane to survive on the art-house circuit. It's a pretentious erotic thriller that gives honest trash a bad name.
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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
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Luke Y. Thompson
Village Voice
July 11, 2006
Mini is impossible to like, especially since she delivers some of the worst narration ever spoken, and her final lines are like a big middle finger to viewers foolish enough to enjoy the film.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2006
Mini's First Time unfortunately degenerates into a sexed-up version of a Law & Order episode.
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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
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
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
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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.
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
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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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John Anderson
Variety
June 24, 2006
Part of Mini's charm... may be in its single-minded devotion to the utterly depraved and comically debauched.
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 13, 2006
A comedy that's a mix of Mean Girls, Mamet and Mephistopheles.
| 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
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
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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