First Comes Love

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  • Summary: Filmmaker Nina Davenport chronicles her path to becoming a single parent.

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  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jul 23, 2013
    Wise, warm, funny, open, and more interested in life as it's actually lived than any other to debut this summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 23, 2013
    The approach is cheerfully candid and the humor often sly... Yet this midlife confessional could have reached beyond the maternal cravings of highly educated, urban-dwelling singletons had it plumbed people’s heads as thoroughly as Ms. Davenport’s birth canal.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 25, 2013
    You ought to have to be an unusually interesting person, or at least be capable of presenting your commonplace tribulations in an interesting light, before you can ask moviegoers to spend fifteen bucks to watch you onscreen. Nina Davenport's First Comes Love doesn't buy into this rule.
  4. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Jul 21, 2013
    Nina Davenport doesn't seem interested in taming her unwieldy vanity, and thus her documentary reads as a profile recontextualized as cinema narcissismo.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 26, 2013
    First Comes Love seems punishingly long. It’s no more visually arresting than anybody else’s home movies, and the film’s creator fails to connect her subset of Manhattan privilege to anyone or anything other than herself.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 23, 2013
    The director/subject uses a confessional tone, showing herself nude in the tub and slathering the movie in emotive voiceover. But her self-regard never matures into self-examination, and the only time she steps outside of her own perspective is to moan about how others have it easier.
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