Firstborn (1984)

A teenager and his kid brother spar with their mother's shady new boyfriend in this dramatic thriller from veteran British director Michael Apted. When her ex-husband remarries, Wendy (Teri Garr) feels despondent -- until she starts… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

Director Michael Apted ("Coal Miner's Daughter") settles for a movie of pat moralism, a pamphleteer's parable of how drugs destroy families.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It might have worked if Apted were as adept at creating an emotional atmosphere as he is in his portraiture of the suburban milieu, but too many unshaped scenes and redundant dialogue passages take their toll.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie creates such an urgent situation, and fills it with such interesting characters, that when everything goes wrong at the end I felt more than disappointed, I felt cheated.

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TV Guide

This flawed but interesting Freudian melodrama spends about 70 minutes making points and the last 30 minutes losing them.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The best things about Firstborn are the easy, natural performances of the actors.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A heavy-handed suburban sitcom.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
RJ MacReady
Peter Weller is best known for playing the hero in movies like Leviathan, and most notably, the title character in Robocop. But somehow he seems more in his… More
Leo L
An interesting movie! Still watch every now and then.