First Sunday Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 22, 2011
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
April 26, 2009
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 | Original Score: 48/100
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 26, 2008
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
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
May 17, 2008
If it was not for Morgan's goofy character or Katt Williams, I would be giving this movie a zero.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
May 3, 2008
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.
May 1, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
March 28, 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 | Original Score: 1/5

Sun Online
March 28, 2008
Tired, unfunny comedy with Ice Cube as a bungling crook.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
March 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
March 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Jordan
Film4
March 28, 2008
On your own day of judgement, select a better film from the listings.
Full Review | 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
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.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
March 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/6
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 24, 2008
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 22, 2008
Getting religion in the end is no excuse for a parade of bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 1, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008
Talbert's unable to pin down exactly what kind of movie he wants to make, a slapstick sermon or an urban tragicomedy?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 17, 2008
Writer-director David E. Talbert has a fine cast...but he lets them down with a wretched, amateurish script...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
January 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: C
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