• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David E. Talbert
    In Theaters:
    Jan 11, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 6, 2008
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

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First Sunday Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5/10

March 22, 2011
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 48/100

April 26, 2009
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4

August 26, 2008
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews

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

Full Review Source: BDK Reviews | Original Score: 1/5

May 17, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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 Source: NewsBlaze

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 Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2008
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

March 28, 2008

Sun Online

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

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 1/5

March 28, 2008
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

March 28, 2008
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2008
Simon Jordan
Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

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 Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2008
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies

March 28, 2008
Mark Holcomb
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

March 28, 2008
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

February 22, 2008
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 1, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

January 29, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

January 17, 2008
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

January 17, 2008
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