First Sunday
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Gospel-minded playwright David E. Talbert produces, writes, and directs this urban crime comedy concerning a pair of criminals who take a group of church parishioners hostage while attempting to rob the holy house, only to find their captives slowly convincing them to repent and give up their lawless lifestyles. Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) are two best friends with a special knack for petty crime. Upset at discovering that his ex-girlfriend is planning to move out of state with the couple's young son, Durell knows that the only way to keep his fractured family in close… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

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"Grafting moral uplift on to a slapstick caper with mixed results, this nevertheless captures some of the giddy eccentricity of the Ealing comedies it haphazardly resembles."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out
"The movie's total lack of focus and its unimpressive script should render it totally unwatchable. Weirdly, that doesn't quite happen."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"If it was not for Morgan's goofy character or Katt Williams, I would be giving this movie a zero."
‑ Kevin McCarthy, BDK Reviews
"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."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian [UK]
"If Tyler Perry ever wanted to turn Dog Day Afternoon into a treacly after-school special, it would probably end up looking a lot like this."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Your enjoyment of this movie may depend on the Tracy Morgan factor. Rarely has there been a comic who can switch from funny to unbearably grating with such speed."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Tired, unfunny comedy with Ice Cube as a bungling crook."
‑ , Sun Online
"The movie is designed to be uplifting and inspirational, but everything about it is tired and listless. It doesn't so much make you feel the spirit as drain it out of you."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"While we can't presume to know the Lord's mind, somewhere in the footnotes to the Ten Commandments there must be a rule about not using insipid piety to excuse incompetent comedy."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This movie fails as a comedy, a drama, a morality play, and as a coherent motion picture. Awful stuff!"
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"The missing-church-funds subplot will be easily figured out by any four year old, but it winds up being a McGuffin anyway."
‑ Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
"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."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
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