Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
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.
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By Scott Tobias
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Arthouse audiences could drink this down like a glass of Chardonnay.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is an easy movie to spoil. It's rather plotless. But things happen in precisely the way that life happens.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Goodbye First Love showcases two young women with bright futures.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
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.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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