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First Daughter (2004)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 77

First Daughter is a bland and charmless fairy tale that fails to rise above the formula.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 26

First Daughter is a bland and charmless fairy tale that fails to rise above the formula.



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A very special student deals with exams, first love, and national security issues in this teen-oriented romantic comedy-drama. Samantha MacKenzie (Katie Holmes) is a seemingly ordinary college freshman with one important exception -- her father happens to be the President of the United States (Michael Keaton). Samantha, however, would prefer to be as inconspicuous as possible as she begins her studies at Redmond University, so she asks a favor of her father -- remove the two Secret Service


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Kate Kondell, Jessica Bendinger

Jan 25, 2005


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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (77) | DVD (22)

Yet another teen-princess fantasy.

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The President's little girl gets a pity party for the second time this election year.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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First Daughter is less amusing than Jenna and Barb at the RNC, and dumb enough to make last January's presidential scion, Mandy Moore, look electable.

September 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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...just has a really cheesy look.

September 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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First Daughter presents such a saccharine-sweet, insufferably boring portrait of a conservative president and his family, it could kill with kindness.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A respectable accomplishment.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Very predictable, but tween girls may like it.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Perhaps the only redeeming factor is that both the President and the First Lady are devoted to their daughter. Otherwise, this film should be impeached.

November 17, 2006
Christianity Today

Sweet but unremarkable, First Daughter is never quite as cute as its star.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source:

[A] gimmick-driven disaster.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Holmes' wholesome charm keeps the movie afloat, but only just.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If you must see one of the two Presidential daughter movies - this is the one to see. But like Chasing Liberty, it never delivers on the potential of the premise.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

This stunning lack of inspiration is reflected in a script that continually hints at how teenagers have become disenchanted with politics without ever following it up.

February 15, 2005 Full Review Source:

Keaton and Holmes should seriously consider firing their agents, as they both deserve better than this.

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

...basically entertaining - particularly if approached on the same level one approaches a sitcom.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The movie's most interesting character is Agent Dylan (Dwayne Adway) because he almost never says anything. Would that all the actors had been so eloquent.

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Merely another sugary confection rolling off that increasingly bland Hollywood conveyer belt

January 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

...didn't Mandy Moore do this film back in January?

October 24, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Stupendously dull and infuriatingly obtuse, this is the cinematic equivalent of unflavored gelatin, bland and tasteless, but much less beneficial for your nails.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Unfortunately, the screenplay quickly descends into utter illogic, and ... Whitaker fails to sustain the fairy-tale atmosphere he's so clearly striving for.

October 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat
Los Angeles CityBeat

You try binge drinking when you're followed around by two burly Secret Service agents.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

rather engaging...Holmes is a delight

October 11, 2004

As the movie gropes its way to a predictable-if-unsatisfying end, the ultimate message that greets the audience is this: If you're patient and act like a good girl, Daddy and Mommy will eventually give you what you want: Your very own car!

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's not a brilliant film, and much of it is predictable -- yet it has a few laughs, and its target audience will enjoy it. Adults won't find it altogether unpleasant.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for First Daughter

Mush again. Same story, but worse than "Chasing Liberty"
April 15, 2012

Super Reviewer

Don't really like Katie Holmes as an actress but Marc Blucas was incredibly gorgeous. Made me give the film a full star. Otherwise, it's just a crappy remake of Chasing Liberty which in my opinion was miles better than this film.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Two words.....Marc Blucas ^_^

I forgot what the rest of the film was about.....
December 28, 2007

Super Reviewer

She sucked in this movie. I hated the ending...[disgusted]
December 2, 2007

Super Reviewer

    1. Samantha: All I'm saying is that I just wanna be like everybody else.
    2. President Mackenzie: You're not like everybody else, Sami.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
    1. James: Lucky charm secure.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
    1. English Professor: At the end of the day the prince is, is what?
    2. Samantha: Just a prince.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
    1. James: Well?
    2. Samantha: It's disgusting... I love it.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
    1. Samantha: I loved who I gotta be with him.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
    1. Samantha: All I want is normal, Mia.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
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