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First Girl I Loved (2016)



Critic Consensus: Intelligent, empathetic, and well-acted, First Girl I Loved explores teen romance from a refreshing - and emotionally resonant - perspective.

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A high-school love triangle develops when Anne falls for a girl on the softball team, inadvertently dashing the hopes of her friend Cliff. Kerem Sanga directed this coming-of-age drama.

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Critic Reviews for First Girl I Loved

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

First Girl I Loved is earnest and awkward, hilarious and touching.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not the first teen romance to explore how the phone makes it easier to make mistakes, but it's one of the first to show us how it works as Cupid's arrow - and that offers some balance.

July 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film's title is love-struck, but this is a deceptively wrenching story of self-discovery and honesty.

July 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This is a small film worth seeking out.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A sophisticated and complex teenage coming of age story.

October 22, 2016 | Full Review…

A woozy and wonderful queer teen romance.

October 18, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for First Girl I Loved


A high school yearbook nerd and a popular softball player dabble in lesbianism in this bittersweet "coming-out-of-age" story. Anne and Sasha engage in playful yet sensual flirtation, and a morally complicated rift forms between Anne and Clifton, her guy best friend who has held a longtime torch for her. Director/writer Kerem Sanga's film is beautifully rendered in non-linear scenes and a gritty sheen of "neo-alternative" chic. Supremely talented Dylan Gelula shines in her first film role with brash intensity and sulky vulnerability, and Brianna Hildebrand plays the quintessential girl-crush to a tee. I was gobsmacked when I realized the former also plays the pouty, acerbic daughter, Xanthippe, on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and the latter recently broke into the mainstream as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in "Deadpool"! They are definitely rising stars to watch.

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