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My First Mister (2001)

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53

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 38

Though well-acted, My First Mister succumbs to contrived sentimentality in its last half.

44

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 14

Though well-acted, My First Mister succumbs to contrived sentimentality in its last half.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Movie Info

A first feature from acclaimed actress Christine Lahti (who won an Academy Award for her short film Lieberman in Love in 1995), My First Mister explores the delicate relationship between two unlikely individuals who bring each other out of their protective shells. Jennifer (Leelee Sobieski), the film's narrator, is a Goth-obsessed, tattooed 17-year old who absorbs herself in death-laden music and poetry. Just graduating from school and immersed in a dysfunctional relationship with her out-there

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Comedy

Jill Franklyn

Apr 23, 2002

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (38) | DVD (11)

Sobieski's performance in this role pretty much kills off the film.

October 25, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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Franklin's gooey, implausible script is too ridiculous to support unexpected bouts of sincerity, and the darkness is seldom as profound as it should be.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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The sort of movie with so little faith in itself that it falls back on that most dreadful of clichés: The Fatal Development A Little More than Halfway Through.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Although the movie has its moments, it's a tearjerker that jerks too hard.

October 12, 2001
Washington Post
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Beautiful and so phony it makes you urp.

October 12, 2001
Washington Post
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If the girls in Ghost World were to see this one, they'd gag.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Terrible script, terrible plot, clichés and plot holes galore...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The actors earn the couple of salty drops you may shed at the end -- the script sure doesn't.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Actress Lahti's feature directorial debut is a disappointingly sappy melodrama about the unlikely bond between a rebebllious high-school grad (Leelee Sobieski) and a dying older man (Albert Brooks).

January 29, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A beautiful story about finding camaraderie, and ultimate love in the infrequent of places

February 7, 2003
Moviehole

...while Ghost World is, on the whole, a slightly better movie, My First Mister is nevertheless worth checking out mostly due to two incredible lead performances.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Starts out as a deliriously original "odd couple" comedy, and then hangs a quick left turn into shameless tear jerking.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A good small movie featuring a different kind of love story..

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

The calculated sappiness does succeed in provoking a heightened reaction--but resentment and disgust is surely not what they had in mind.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A woefully underdeveloped story populated by unbelievable characters.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There's a terrific movie somewhere inside Christine Lahti's My First Mister, but it's kept hidden by the trite trappings of a Lifetime movie-of- the-week.

November 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

She's not just tattooed and surly and he's not just geeky and stern - their characters are beautifully written and fleshed out gradually and admirably by the actors.

October 30, 2001 Full Review

Brooks and Sobieski shine throughout.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A testament to both Sobieski and Brooks -- especially Brooks, who is Oscar-worthy here -- that we buy into their film's manipulative tendencies and its demands of unconditional acceptance.

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It will have you smiling so much, that you may not even notice how close it comes to sliding into mediocrity.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As you watch Sobieski work, you sense you're in on the start of something special.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Christine Lahti makes an assured directorial debut, allowing the relationship between J. and Randall to play out at its own natural pace.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

A rarity this -- an older man paired with a younger woman that doesn't produce a loud, vulgar gagging sound from the back of the viewer's throat.

October 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

the film abandons Randall's store completely to more effectively segue from an unsuccessful comedy into an equally unsuccessful tearjerker

October 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for My First Mister

Simply stated, this was a wonderful discovery. The movie boasts a cast who played off of each other effortlessly, and believably. It was poignant, and timeless. I loved this movie,
October 22, 2012
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

My type of movie - people (in this case a Goth chick and a dress salesman) listening to each other and growing emotionally.
January 20, 2008
Redlats

Super Reviewer

I little weird. The acting was there but the story was a little slow and off.
September 9, 2007
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