The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
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.
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
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.
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The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
Sure, you've seen this story before, but this version has a freshness nonetheless.
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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.
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
An inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
The First Time sets out to be the thinking kids' teen sex comedy but misses the mark by failing its characters. [18 Oct 2012]
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Feels slight and pretty ordinary by the end, with no edge or compelling insights, just a reasonable feel for teen attitudes and banter.
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By Dennis Harvey
This teen romance proves perilously short on substance, insight and novelty, unless you count its characters being afflicted with a case of "Juno" mouth.
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Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
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.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
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.
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55 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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