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 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
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 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.