• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Christine Lahti
    In Theaters:
    Apr 1, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 23, 2002
  • Paramount Classics


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My First Mister Reviews

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Pete Croatto

Despite the sloppy final act, My First Mister is worth seeing for Brooks and Sobieski's performances.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 22, 2001
Kim Morgan

Intelligent teens will hate this film, and adults will just be embarrassed.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

October 19, 2001
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Though I wanted to hate My First Mister and felt guilty about those telltale tears mopped up with a shirt sleeve, the darn thing did work.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

October 19, 2001
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

October 19, 2001
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Sold as a lightweight dramatic comedy, Mister misses by far

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 1/4

October 18, 2001
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The schmaltz is as thick as vomit.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

October 18, 2001
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

There is a static feel to the film that neglects the actors in favor of the contrived story of life, love and death.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C-

October 18, 2001
Carlo Cavagna

Suddenly this enchanting tale of cross-generational friendship becomes a Lifetime movie of the week, pat ending included.

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: B-

October 15, 2001
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

Distinguished actress Christine Lahti's feature directorial debut...suffers from a touch too much structure and a script that pedals a tad too hard on sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 2/4

October 15, 2001
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Tumbles deep into tear-jerker territory, morphing into a disease-of-the-week movie wallowing in the most obvious messages.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

October 14, 2001
Dustin Putman

Scene after scene suddenly rings with a resounding falseness [in the second half].

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2001
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Convincingly reveals the transforming power of friendship to release us from fear, expand our hearts, and open us to the redemptive capacities of love.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

October 13, 2001
Rob Blackwelder

When a movie starts out as trenchant as "Ghost World" then turns into something as mawkish as "Steel Magnolias," it's been botched, plain and simple.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2001
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner

Lahti and screenwriter Jill Franklyn take an ill-advised detour into sentimentality, and drive their movie straight off a cliff.

October 12, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Although the movie has its moments, it's a tearjerker that jerks too hard.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

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

| Original Score: 1/5

October 12, 2001
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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If the girls in Ghost World were to see this one, they'd gag.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

October 12, 2001
David Edelstein
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What looked like a quirky character study suddenly congealed.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 12, 2001
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A touching tale of friendship and family, its sentimentality cut by the honesty of its performances.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

October 12, 2001
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A big-screen version of a turgid 'disease of the week' TV movie with an odd-couple twist.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C-

October 12, 2001
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