• 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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Jim Judy
Screen It!

Lahti and company create some nice moments and touches.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

October 12, 2001
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Harold & Maude it ain't.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

October 12, 2001
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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A coming-of-age story that gets it all wrong.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 12, 2001
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

The plot ducks the obvious sexual pitfall that would make us squirm, but falls into another one: morbid uplift, out at the golden pond where dreams may come and you can sweetly pay it forward.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

October 12, 2001
Rod Armstrong

While the movie loads on too much sap in the final third, it is still a funny and moving first-time effort.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2001
Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
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Of all the odd couples who inhabit film, surely among the most endearing are Jennifer and Randall.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 12, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Brooks' work in actress Christine Lahti's directing debut ... is the finest acting he's done since Broadcast News.

October 12, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Offers the curious experience of being able to believe in a screen full of first-rate actors yet not believe in anything that's happening to the people they're playing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 12, 2001
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

The strength of the movie rests in the vibrant, sympathetic characters Sobieski and Brooks create.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

October 12, 2001
Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
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It's hard not to enjoy the amusing and sometimes touching turnarounds [Jennifer and Randall] do.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

October 12, 2001
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A small movie full of good intentions and wildly erratic execution.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2001
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Brooks guards the movie from overheating in a surfeit of warmedy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

October 12, 2001

E! Online

Sobieski reaches for that dramatic depth we all knew she had in her.

Full Review Source: E! Online

October 12, 2001
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

If the Hallmark Hall of Fame folks had made Ghost World, it would probably end up a lot like My First Mister.

October 12, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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These two characters are so particular and sympathetic that the whole movie could simply observe them.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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What makes My First Mister a successful feature directing debut for Lahti is the emotional veracity it summons.

October 12, 2001
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Lahti has undermined her stars and delivered dreck.

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

October 12, 2001
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One hundred and nine minutes of drama and not a single moment rings true.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 11, 2001
Dave White

Not one second of it is believable, not one scene looks right, not one performance salvages the growing pile of snotty Kleenex it wishes you'd cry into.

Full Review Source: IFilm

October 11, 2001
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A nicely observed, well-acted tale of mismatched friendship, until it takes a dive for the easy resolutions down the stretch.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

October 11, 2001
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