The First Time Synopsis
High school students fall in love for the first time.
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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,...
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80

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...
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70

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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60

Los Angeles Times

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There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms....
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50

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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50

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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50

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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40

Variety

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...
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38

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...
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20

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...
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really good

By Tink18
This movie is funny and really sweet. I love it....

The First Time

By mirandaliu1
Enjoyed the movie, loved both Dylan and Brit, and the little girls who played his sister. A fun movie, perfect for Valentines Day. Worth seeing!...

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I live Dylan O'brien

By maggiedavis19
He's so hot...

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Not your usual teen movie

By demndza5
Loved everything about this movie. Really identified with the characters and the story line was great...

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Rated PG-13 | For Teen Sexuality, Language, Partying and Mature Thematic Elements
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF