First Sunday
First Sunday (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 10, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: First Sunday may have its heart in the right place, but its funny bone is dislocated.

Mark Holcomb
Time Out

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.

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Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Joshua Starnes

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.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Talbert's unable to pin down exactly what kind of movie he wants to make, a slapstick sermon or an urban tragicomedy?

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

The movie's total lack of focus and its unimpressive script should render it totally unwatchable. Weirdly, that doesn't quite happen.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

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.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

This movie fails as a comedy, a drama, a morality play, and as a coherent motion picture. Awful stuff!

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Lenny Muggsy
Didn't really hit the target being a comedy, Katt Williams could have had more lines with his funny character.
Corey Wood
Hogans Hero
This was a really funny movie, that was made awesome by Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams and Rickey Smiley. They made the 1st part of the film so very… More
Khris N
A black morality tale... a nice twist from Cube's previous film outings. The comedy is still there, but throw in religion, guilt and the ghetto and you in… More
Keith Adams
Funny at the first act, but, by the second & third act, it gets too preachy & too predictable.