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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Goodbye First Love doesn't badger the viewer into drawing conclusions. It's interested in showing, with great compassion, how Camille comes to a fuller understanding of the world and herself, without the sort of prefab lessons more often found in films than in real life. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Some of this wallowing goes on too long, risking our alienation from characters who are difficult to like. What saves the film is the fact that they are always easy to recognize, both as self-centered teenagers and tentatively maturing young adults. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Arthouse audiences could drink this down like a glass of Chardonnay. show more

  • 95
    Scott Tobias NPR

    There are times when the title is more a wish than an action - because just as cocaine addicts are forever chasing that first high, there's always the hunger to recapture a lost feeling again, even for those who have spent years in recovery. Pity those who fall off the wagon. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    We think of first love as sweet and valuable, a blessed if hazardous condition. This film, deeper than it seems, dares to suggest that beyond a certain point, it can represent a tragedy. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Goodbye First Love showcases two young women with bright futures. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    This is an easy movie to spoil. It's rather plotless. But things happen in precisely the way that life happens. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger. show more

  • 50
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    A poignant sense of time's unyielding forward progress and a mood of deep adolescent sorrow aren't enough to overshadow the insufferable blankness of Goodbye First Love's navel-gazing protagonists. show more

  • 100
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Brava, Mia! The exceedingly talented Ms. Hansen-Løve (the writer-director of Father of My Children) is sure to win many more fans with her latest feature, an incisive, exhilaratingly frank examination of l'amour lost. show more

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