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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 10, 2008
Shrug off the recycled script and the movie's trite if uplifting, message and recognize the signs of stardom to come. It won't be too many Sundays before David E. Talbert finds his funny film niche and Katt Williams becomes a top billed star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 10, 2008
While not all of the jokes work (in fact, some of them misfire badly), there are enough low-key chuckles to retain a light tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
January 10, 2008
It has the slapstick of a The Three Stooges short without the comic timing, the characters of "Hot Ghetto Mess" without the irony, and the stereotypes of Amos 'n' Andy without the wit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
January 10, 2008
The only time viewers will be inspired to sing halleluja is on their way out of the theatre.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 4, 2008
It plods along at a sluggard's pace through a weak premise with crude execution and even cruder characters to arrive at an unearned sentimental ending.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 9, 2008
On the basis of First Sunday, it would seem writer-director David E. Talbert has been keeping close tabs on the creative recipe for success concocted by Tyler Perry.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
January 12, 2008
A cringe-inducing, cinematic tribute to the Golden Age of Minstrelsy!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 10, 2008
As if Tyler Perry's own films weren't bad enough, now we have to contend with ill-begotten rip-offs of them? Heaven help us.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
January 10, 2008
Everything here is overly simplified for easy digestion -- dialogue, jokes, characterization, storyline, and payoff
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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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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
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
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
January 10, 2008
It's not as if First Sunday sets out to be awful, it simply is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
January 15, 2008
Predictable crime comedy has some iffy content.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 11, 2008
With plot holes the size of boulders, it's a bad effort at wacky humor and schmaltzy redemption that plods and preaches gratingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 5, 2011
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