• R, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Maggie Carey
    In Theaters:
    Jul 26, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 19, 2013
  • CBS Films


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The To Do List Reviews

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Not since the schmaltzy Bucket List has there been a more blatant example of checklist comedy than the ultra-raunchy The To Do List.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C-

August 1, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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It's good-natured and raucous, with many scenes that are just sketched but a few that are truly funny.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 29, 2013
Dana Stevens
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Many of The To Do List's jokes have this first-draft, is-that-all-there-is? quality.

Full Review Source: Slate

July 26, 2013
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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By proudly wearing its "otherness" (a word I use ironically) on its sleeve, The To Do List feels fresh and strange and wondrously new. It shouldn't, but it does.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 26, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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"The To Do List" doesn't reinvent the wheel; we all know the "summer that changed everything" trope. But it's startling when you realize how rare it is to see a girl chasing sexual experience so doggedly - and with such a lighthearted tone.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Don't go to The To Do List expecting a comedy genre-buster along the lines of Bridesmaids. Rather it's more of a one-joke repeater set in the hot Boise, Idaho, summer of 1993.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 26, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Even when the film connects, I can't help feel that it's mostly because it's set the target too low.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"The To Do List" is a romantic comedy with no romance and little comedy, but with an ugliness of spirit that's surprising and unrelenting.

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

July 25, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Does Carey go too far? Duh. But why gripe when you can't stop laughing?

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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Boys don't need to be the only ones having fun in an ultra-crass comedy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Those with a high tolerance for good-natured "teen" raunch could do worse.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This raunchy teen comedy is novel insofar as it recasts familiar gross-out gags from a female perspective; otherwise it's basically an American Pie knockoff.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 25, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Neither supergood nor superbad, but passable doesn't exactly raise the bar.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 25, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Like the fumbling around of first-time sex, The To Do List has its enjoyable moments but doesn't exactly feel like a peak experience.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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This movie is smarter and better acted and just plain funnier than most of its predecessors in the my-first-time genre, no matter which sex is losing what.

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

July 25, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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So determined to one-up the boys that it goes overboard, misses its mark and accidentally makes an entirely different kind of statement.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

July 25, 2013
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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The film is flush with done-to-death gross-out gags, bodily fluids serving as too many punch lines. Yes, girls can dish out F-bombs and body objectification as well as the boys can, but that shouldn't be the whole joke.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2013
James Berardinelli
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The film feels a little like what might happen if the producers of films like Bridesmaids found a lost John Hughes script and adapted it for 2013 audiences.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2013
William Goss
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A star-studded but scattershot affair that tackles its comedic obligations as dutifully as its heroine pursues her sexual conquests.

Full Review Source: Film.com

July 25, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A middling showcase for rising star Aubrey Plaza.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2013
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The To Do List is cheerfully unconcerned with realism; the cast is so obviously over high school age it almost becomes part of the joke.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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For the most part it's a cheerful and sprightly comedy that delivers moderate laughs and should connect with the younger female audience that Hollywood largely ignores in the summer.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 25, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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[It] thinks a sex-obsessed version of a John Hughes comedy by its very nature is hilarious. It's not, but there are still some things to like here.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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This is a welcome female-centric variation on a familiar theme, not the first to deal with a teenage girl's de-virginization project, but certainly a minority report in a field crowded with boys trying to Get Some ...

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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Liberated from her trademark snark, Plaza tackles the awkwardness of fledgling foreplay with screwball abandon.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

July 25, 2013
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It shows how far the teenage sex comedy has come, and how different it looks when a female writer or director is behind the camera.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

July 25, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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In its exuberantly smutty way, "The To Do List" is revolutionary: A teen sex comedy where the girls get to play nasty and the boys stand around looking terrified.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It captures how even when sex gets this purposeful, it's in a different way for girls than for boys.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

July 24, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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It is to comedy what an abstinence pledge is to sex.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

July 22, 2013
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Writer-director Maggie Carey's feature debut boasts a crack ensemble cast led by Aubrey Plaza that evocatively captures the carefree elation of youthful summer romance.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 22, 2013
Scott Foundas
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Hits its fair share of outrageously funny highs amid lots of so-so filler, but stays buoyant and likable throughout thanks to the winning presence of "Parks and Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza in the lead.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 22, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Like first sex, writer-director Maggie Carey's debut feature, The To Do List, is quick and messy, fitfully pleasurable, full of promise but not quite adept at getting everyone off.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 22, 2013
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