First Sunday Reviews

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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
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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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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.
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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+
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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
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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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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
January 11, 2008
Who wants reality and a hollow inspirational message after a setup promising madcap laughs?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 11, 2008
A sorry excuse for a ghetto SOS.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 10, 2008
This anemic vehicle for Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan to mug and jive through is just weak, weak stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 10, 2008
In First Sunday, Ice Cube departs a bit from the upright-citizen persona, playing a man driven to crime by desperate circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 10, 2008
[Katt] Williams blithely walks off with the second half of First Sunday, which more or less walks in place until he arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 10, 2008
As tired as First Sunday is, and as shamelessly as it grovels for laughs, there's a hint of sweetness, and [director] Talbert clearly has a feel for Baltimore, where most of it was affectionately shot.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2008
This heist comedy has a hackneyed introduction, and its feel-good ending lacks credibility, but the big, funny chunk in the middle marks writer-director-producer David E. Talbert as a talent to watch.
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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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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 10, 2008
First Sunday pits the street against the church, but somehow affable mediocrity wins the day.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 8, 2008
Morgan butchers me every time with that overemphatic- delivery thing that makes incidental lines multiplex-leveling funny.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 7, 2008
A near-claustrophobic comedy that manages to be both predictable and preachy.
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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.