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First Sunday (2008)


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 65

Critics Consensus: First Sunday may have its heart in the right place, but its funny bone is dislocated.

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: First Sunday may have its heart in the right place, but its funny bone is dislocated.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 180,512


Movie Info

Gospel-minded playwright David E. Talbert produces, writes, and directs this urban crime comedy concerning a pair of criminals who take a group of church parishioners hostage while attempting to rob the holy house, only to find their captives slowly convincing them to repent and give up their lawless lifestyles. Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) are two best friends with a special knack for petty crime. Upset at discovering that his ex-girlfriend is planning to move out of state with … More

PG-13 (for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
David E. Talbert
In Theaters:
May 6, 2008
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for First Sunday

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (65) | DVD (6)

Grafting moral uplift on to a slapstick caper with mixed results, this nevertheless captures some of the giddy eccentricity of the Ealing comedies it haphazardly resembles.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

If Tyler Perry ever wanted to turn Dog Day Afternoon into a treacly after-school special, it would probably end up looking a lot like this.

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The movie is designed to be uplifting and inspirational, but everything about it is tired and listless. It doesn't so much make you feel the spirit as drain it out of you.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Top Critic

The movie's total lack of focus and its unimpressive script should render it totally unwatchable. Weirdly, that doesn't quite happen.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Your enjoyment of this movie may depend on the Tracy Morgan factor. Rarely has there been a comic who can switch from funny to unbearably grating with such speed.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

While we can't presume to know the Lord's mind, somewhere in the footnotes to the Ten Commandments there must be a rule about not using insipid piety to excuse incompetent comedy.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

First Sunday isn't an out and out bad film, but to be a good one it would need to either greatly raise the dramatic steaks, or push its comedic boundaries over the top in conception. Instead it treads water safely in the middle, and it shows.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Perhaps moviegoers demand simplicity and cheap laughs more than ever during tough times, but this must be discouraging to aspiring African-American comedians and writers.

Full Review… | April 26, 2009
Apollo Guide

This movie fails as a comedy, a drama, a morality play, and as a coherent motion picture. Awful stuff!

Full Review… | August 26, 2008
Sin Magazine

If it was not for Morgan's goofy character or Katt Williams, I would be giving this movie a zero.

Full Review… | May 17, 2008
BDK Reviews

Devilish satire outing felons who come in gaudy three piece suits too, a sweltering church 'hotter than Satan's toenails' and Sunday sermon sidebars that all the rest makes go down easy.

Full Review… | May 3, 2008

The missing-church-funds subplot will be easily figured out by any four year old, but it winds up being a McGuffin anyway.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

With his movie debut, Talbert plays to his established audience, the redemption message riding roughshod over everything, even such trifling concerns as character consistency and continuity.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008

Tired, unfunny comedy with Ice Cube as a bungling crook.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Sun Online

The least funny man ever to make a career in comedy movies, Ice Cube hauls his sullen mug back in front of the cameras for the execrable First Sunday.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Times [UK]

Cube's maudlin, overly precious relationship with his son hits a few sour notes, but Morgan's rubbery, half-crazy Leejohn always drags the film back into its manic, cartoony groove.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Total Film

On your own day of judgement, select a better film from the listings.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008

Loretta Devine and Olivia Cole shine out as veteran members of the flock, but even their class combined is no saving grace.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008

Seasoned stars such as Loretta Devine and Regina Hall do their best...but it's an uphill struggle with a script even the good lord would rent asunder.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Sky Movies

With its unlikely but sweet-natured story, 'First Sunday' is a cut above most of the "January junk" that floods the theaters this time of year.

Full Review… | February 24, 2008
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Getting religion in the end is no excuse for a parade of bad taste.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Ice Cube is now Public Enemy Number Fun, although First Sunday is only fun if you're in dire need of a modernist urban take on the strain of comedy Abbott and Costello used to practice, which, let's be honest, wasn't that funny to begin with.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Austin Chronicle

Talbert's unable to pin down exactly what kind of movie he wants to make, a slapstick sermon or an urban tragicomedy?

Full Review… | January 29, 2008
I.E. Weekly

Writer-director David E. Talbert has a fine cast...but he lets them down with a wretched, amateurish script...

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for First Sunday


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Corey Wood

Super Reviewer


A black morality tale... a nice twist from Cube's previous film outings. The comedy is still there, but throw in religion, guilt and the ghetto and you in for a good night.

If you like these kinds flicks.

Watch and praise the Lord that you arent as stupid as the two crims in this one!!


Khris N

Super Reviewer


Didn't really hit the target being a comedy, Katt Williams could have had more lines with his funny character.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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