The To Do List Reviews

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
August 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 29, 2013
It's good-natured and raucous, with many scenes that are just sketched but a few that are truly funny.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 26, 2013
Many of The To Do List's jokes have this first-draft, is-that-all-there-is? quality.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 26, 2013
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.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
July 26, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 26, 2013
Even when the film connects, I can't help feel that it's mostly because it's set the target too low.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 25, 2013
Does Carey go too far? Duh. But why gripe when you can't stop laughing?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
July 25, 2013
Boys don't need to be the only ones having fun in an ultra-crass comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 25, 2013
Those with a high tolerance for good-natured "teen" raunch could do worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2013
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.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2013
Neither supergood nor superbad, but passable doesn't exactly raise the bar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
Film.com
July 25, 2013
A star-studded but scattershot affair that tackles its comedic obligations as dutifully as its heroine pursues her sexual conquests.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 25, 2013
A middling showcase for rising star Aubrey Plaza.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 25, 2013
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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 25, 2013
[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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
July 25, 2013
Liberated from her trademark snark, Plaza tackles the awkwardness of fledgling foreplay with screwball abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 25, 2013
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2013
It captures how even when sex gets this purposeful, it's in a different way for girls than for boys.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 22, 2013
It is to comedy what an abstinence pledge is to sex.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
July 22, 2013
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.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
July 22, 2013
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.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
July 22, 2013
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.