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The First Time Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 10, 2012
The First Time feels slight and pretty ordinary by the end, with no edge or compelling insights.
October 19, 2012
[An] inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2012
It's a hard movie to dislike. But try.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
October 19, 2012
This comedy about two teens losing their virginity aims for hilarity but instead achieves ho-hum status.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 19, 2012
Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2012
An exploration of the high expectations, fears, and fantasies surrounding the act of losing your virginity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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 18, 2012
No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
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