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  • Summary: Fifteen-year-old Camille is a serious, intensely focused girl who has fallen in love with cheerful Sullivan, an older boy who reciprocates her feelings, mostly, but wants to be free to explore the world. When he leaves her to travel through South America, she is devastated. But over the next eight years, she develops into a more fully formed woman, with new interests and a new love—and the possibility that she'll be less defenseless when Sullivan enters her life again. Filled with scenes that showcase her extraordinary ability to evoke moods and feelings, Hansen-Løve takes the story of a girl’s first romance and makes it into a singular experience, familiar in its broad strokes and yet so specific that it feels uniquely personal. (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 17, 2012
    100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 18, 2012
    91
    The result is a movie that's poignant, bittersweet, and true.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 19, 2012
    90
    Nothing is rushed, everything is given its appropriate time and place. When we watch Hansen-Løve's films, we're not only experiencing a life unfolding before us, we're also realizing what a great privilege it is to be able to do that.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Apr 15, 2012
    80
    Arthouse audiences could drink this down like a glass of Chardonnay.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 27, 2012
    75
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 25, 2012
    75
    Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 14, 2012
    50
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 17, 2012
    8
    Sweet and harmless, this film evokes emotion and memories. As a viewer who's at the same age as the characters in the film, I can relate to some of the things and still learn from how much the characters change and mature themselves, regardless how their relationship evolves. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    5
    Although well-made in terms of direction, photography, and performance, this film cannot escape the maudlin qualities of the traditional love story. The lovers are callow and perhaps underdeveloped, so it is impossible to care much about them. If you find that the film's title puts you on the verge of allergic reaction, do not go. Expand
  3. Oct 10, 2012
    4
    Our unsmiling protagonist pines on and on through bedrooms, country houses, architect school, and late adolescence and early adulthood, unable to get a real life because she can't get the old boyfriend off her mind. At least she learned to let go of a hat! Expand

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