First Descent
First Descent (2005)

When snowboarding first rose to popularity in the 1980s, many people didn't know what to make of it -- taking the thrashed-out style of skateboarding and moving it to the ski slopes, snowboarding was hardly welcomed by the old-school… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 2, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This snowboarding doc scores with its dazzling array of snowboarding stunts and beautiful scenery, but loses points with shameless product placement and an overlong runtime.

Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

First Descent comes off as an overlong, overstuffed promo for an 'industry' that hasn't needed promoting since the movie's target audience was in diapers.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

It doesn't get gnarlier than this.

Joshua Starnes

Despite some moments of truly athletic beauty First Descent is a fairly empty sports documentary that celebrates the gloss of the lifestyle, but doesn't do much to try and get under its skin.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

They're amazing athletes.

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

At almost two hours, First Descent still moves along briskly, offering something for everyone, including the skeptical crowd that still thinks all snowboarders smoke pot and listen to Black Flag.

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Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

If you've ever wanted to get a taste of the slopes from the comfort of a movie theatre, this film will do.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

An adequate if slightly overlong history of the sport, Descent adheres to the same storytelling trajectory as documentary predecessors on surfing and skateboarding.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

An overlong and surprisingly dull documentary about snowboarding.

Scott Weinberg

If you're a diehard snowboarding freak, then welcome to your new favorite movie.

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