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First Sunday Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 17, 2008
Ice Cube's franchising of the weekdays continues with First Sunday.
Armond White
New York Press
January 16, 2008
First Sunday isn't the most refined moviemaking you'll ever see, but it gives 2008 cinema a perfectly humane start.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
January 15, 2008
Predictable crime comedy has some iffy content.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 15, 2008
Combining the hijinks of the Friday series with the spiritual bent of Tyler Perry's work seems like an obvious move. For producer/star Ice Cube, it's also a dishonest one.
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Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
January 14, 2008
First Sunday, a self-described 'funny and heartwarming comedy,' stumbles in the comedy department, but fills the heart's collection plate with a strong inspirational finish.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
January 14, 2008
For a movie that's filled with so many talented comedians, it's shocking that First Sunday is only sporadically funny.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
January 12, 2008
A cringe-inducing, cinematic tribute to the Golden Age of Minstrelsy!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 11, 2008
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.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 11, 2008
[S]tupid, nonsensical, incoherent, incompetent storytelling guaranteed to offend anyone who cares about the integrity of concepts such as justice, morality, and being responsible for one's own behavior...
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
January 11, 2008
The movie's total lack of focus and its unimpressive script should render it totally unwatchable. Weirdly, that doesn't quite happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: C+
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
January 11, 2008
If there's a God, First Sunday will be the last of its kind for Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan, who deserve better than this wannabe screwball comedy about small-time crooks knocking over a church.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
January 11, 2008
As the mind wanders during the first chuckle-free half-hour of the Ice Cube comedy First Sunday, a thought occurs: Shouldn't you have to win an Oscar before you make a movie this bad?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
January 11, 2008
It tries far too hard and achieves far too little. The laughs it causes are guilty ones, but not that guilty, because there aren't that many.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 11, 2008
Even as the film's most stereotypical figure, stand-up comic Katt Williams manages to be the only consistently funny character in this uninspired inspirational comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 11, 2008
The film, written and directed by urban theater circuit playwright David E. Talbert, is far from polished, but it has a rambunctious energy that's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 11, 2008
Though Ice Cube and Morgan should make an ideal team, neither seems particularly comfortable grappling with Talbert's amateurish script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 11, 2008
Ice Cube goes cold in First Sunday, a heist comedy in which the audience gets robbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 11, 2008
Ice Cube has been taking a lot of heat in recent years for abandoning his tough guy image in exchange for Hollywood stardom, and First Sunday appears to be a compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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