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Based on 10 Reviews
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  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Feels slight and pretty ordinary by the end, with no edge or compelling insights, just a reasonable feel for teen attitudes and banter. show more

  • 50
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    An inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe. show more

  • 38
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 50
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    The First Time sets out to be the thinking kids' teen sex comedy but misses the mark by failing its characters. [18 Oct 2012] show more

  • 20
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Let your mind wander during this painfully generic teen-sex dramedy (trust us, it will), and there might be emotions worse than frustration in store. show more

  • 80
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 70
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    Sure, you've seen this story before, but this version has a freshness nonetheless. show more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times

    There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms. The First Time is respectfully delicate, a little too polite. show more

  • 40
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    This teen romance proves perilously short on substance, insight and novelty, unless you count its characters being afflicted with a case of "Juno" mouth. show more

  • 83
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    In the first 15 minutes, viewers may be rolling their eyes at these kids; by the end, they might be eager to re-watch that opening scene, to get to know them all over again. show more

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