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First Sunday Reviews

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Prairie Miller
May 3, 2008
Devilish satire outing felons who come in gaudy three piece suits too, a sweltering church 'hotter than Satan's toenails' and Sunday sermon sidebars that all the rest makes go down easy.
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
March 28, 2008
Cube's maudlin, overly precious relationship with his son hits a few sour notes, but Morgan's rubbery, half-crazy Leejohn always drags the film back into its manic, cartoony groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Armond White
New York Press
January 16, 2008
First Sunday isn't the most refined moviemaking you'll ever see, but it gives 2008 cinema a perfectly humane start.
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
January 11, 2008
If there's a God, First Sunday will be the last of its kind for Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan, who deserve better than this wannabe screwball comedy about small-time crooks knocking over a church.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 11, 2008
The film, written and directed by urban theater circuit playwright David E. Talbert, is far from polished, but it has a rambunctious energy that's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
January 10, 2008
First Sunday is harmless, church-approved optimism with just enough bawdy behavior to keep general audiences attentive to the lessons on right and wrong and urban fatherhood participation. It's medicine, but it's far more agreeable than I expected.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 10, 2008
In First Sunday, Ice Cube departs a bit from the upright-citizen persona, playing a man driven to crime by desperate circumstances.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 10, 2008
As tired as First Sunday is, and as shamelessly as it grovels for laughs, there's a hint of sweetness, and [director] Talbert clearly has a feel for Baltimore, where most of it was affectionately shot.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2008
This heist comedy has a hackneyed introduction, and its feel-good ending lacks credibility, but the big, funny chunk in the middle marks writer-director-producer David E. Talbert as a talent to watch.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 8, 2008
Morgan butchers me every time with that overemphatic- delivery thing that makes incidental lines multiplex-leveling funny.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
First Sunday isn't an out and out bad film, but to be a good one it would need to either greatly raise the dramatic steaks, or push its comedic boundaries over the top in conception. Instead it treads water safely in the middle, and it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
April 26, 2009
Perhaps moviegoers demand simplicity and cheap laughs more than ever during tough times, but this must be discouraging to aspiring African-American comedians and writers.
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 26, 2008
This movie fails as a comedy, a drama, a morality play, and as a coherent motion picture. Awful stuff!
Full Review| Original Score: .5/4
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
May 17, 2008
If it was not for Morgan's goofy character or Katt Williams, I would be giving this movie a zero.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 1, 2008
The missing-church-funds subplot will be easily figured out by any four year old, but it winds up being a McGuffin anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phelim O'Neill
March 28, 2008
With his movie debut, Talbert plays to his established audience, the redemption message riding roughshod over everything, even such trifling concerns as character consistency and continuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

The Sun (UK)
March 28, 2008
Tired, unfunny comedy with Ice Cube as a bungling crook.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
March 28, 2008
The least funny man ever to make a career in comedy movies, Ice Cube hauls his sullen mug back in front of the cameras for the execrable First Sunday.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Simon Jordan
March 28, 2008
On your own day of judgement, select a better film from the listings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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