The First Time Reviews

August 5, 2019
While the film is not worthy of abject dismissal, as Kasdan is at least trying to give us something that feels genuine, it's still predictable, still one note, and still features two main characters that aren't particularly thrilling to watch.
October 28, 2016
The First Time isn't a groundbreaking film about teenage love, but it's cute and funny, and may spark good feelings of nostalgia for your high school years, even if you, like Aubrey, couldn't wait to get out of there.
March 12, 2013
I'm going to give it a seven because of the two stars. They're so darned likable that they make the film's shortcomings seem unimportant.
October 26, 2012
For a film that's treading the same territory as American Pie, The First Time lends a bit of dignity to the first time.
October 20, 2012
when it comes to insight into being a teen in this day an age, or any of the other traits that set the best high school movies apart, The First Time comes up empty.
October 19, 2012
Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex.
October 19, 2012
This comedy about two teens losing their virginity aims for hilarity but instead achieves ho-hum status.
October 19, 2012
It's a hard movie to dislike. But try.
October 19, 2012
There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms.
October 19, 2012
[An] inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.
October 18, 2012
No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them.
October 18, 2012
An exploration of the high expectations, fears, and fantasies surrounding the act of losing your virginity.
October 17, 2012
A maturity and emotional intelligence not usually associated with the genre. Don't let it get lost among the louder, shinier releases of the movie weekend.
October 16, 2012
Something of a wonder, a palm-size ball of banter and irony and earnestness that never stops rolling and almost never misses the sweet spots.
October 16, 2012
Writer-director Jonathan Kasdan can't even bother to satisfy the buildup with a real moment of consummation (welcome to the fade to black) or believable postcoital complications.
October 14, 2012
Sex and love are both novel experiences for two high schoolers in this talky affair that suggests a hybrid of Before Sunset and Some Kind of Wonderful.
February 10, 2012
The First Time feels slight and pretty ordinary by the end, with no edge or compelling insights.
January 23, 2012
This teen romance proves perilously short on substance, insight and novelty, unless you count its characters being afflicted with a case of Juno mouth.
January 23, 2012
The highest praise that I can give to this movie is that in the first fifteen minutes, I was rolling my eyes at these kids, and by the end, I was eager to re-watch that opening scene, to get to know them all over again.