Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
  1. 50
    All heart and has the best intentions in the world, but what a bore. It's a beat slower than it should be, it makes its points laboriously, and the plot surprise would be obvious even if I hadn't seen the same device used in exactly the same way earlier this year in "Chasing Liberty."
  2. 50
    Just one more in the plague of weak Cinderella stories released in the past year. It's too sugary to be good for you, but in the end, its over-the-top sweetness won't kill you.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Dominguez
    50
    There are plot holes you can fly Air Force One through.
  4. Is there a limit to this incessant princessitude?
  5. First Daughter can be measured in degrees of Holmes' discomfort... There's never a moment when she doesn't appear as if she'd rather be in a different movie.
  6. A dull, formulaic romance comedy with an ulterior motive and a sly message. Remarkably, the message is this: "Please Re-elect George Bush."
  7. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    50
    Keaton and Holmes have some sweet father-daughter moments and the supporting cast gives its all.
  8. Part of the problem is that this First Daughter is modeled on good-girl Chelsea Clinton; a movie based on our current two party-girls-in-chief trying to embarrass their reformed alcoholic dad would be far more fun.
  9. 50
    Whitaker directed this flaccid romance from a script by girl-power hacks Jessica Bendinger.
  10. The role of a poised daddy's girl is a dull one for Holmes, who looks pained, in a nonspecific way, throughout her capers; the movie itself, with a screenplay by Jessica Bendinger and Kate Kondell, is a dull one for director Forest Whitaker.
  11. Reviewed by: Winda Benedetti
    42
    Though First Daughter delivers a nice twist about midway through and Keaton lights up the screen every time he's on it, Holmes fails to deliver the kind of nuanced performance "Pieces of April" suggests she's capable of.
  12. Reviewed by: Lucy Aitken
    40
    Holmes’ wholesome charm keeps the movie afloat, but only just.
  13. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    40
    First Daughter is less amusing than Jenna and Barb at the RNC, and dumb enough to make last January's presidential scion, Mandy Moore, look electable.
  14. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    40
    While First Daughter is nowhere near as airheaded or disingenuous as "Chasing Liberty," it's far more confused.
  15. It's a glossy, well-mounted, slickly done but almost stuporously predictable affair, both formula-bound and utterly illogical.
  16. Has any movie this millennium had less reason to exist than First Daughter?
  17. A bland, formulaic picture where romance and comedy are noticeably absent. A more wooden and uninspired effort from talented people behind and in front of the camera is difficult to imagine.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    30
    There are stiff politicians and there are stiff political movies, but the rigidity of the White House-based fairy tale that is First Daughter is in a category even pollsters may have a hard time assessing.
  19. One hackneyed, inauthentic, predictable scene after another.
  20. 25
    Directed without wit or energy.
  21. 25
    Just bland behavioral propaganda, and Holmes makes such a guileless and robotic spokeswoman, it wouldn't be nuts to think the White House was just another mansion in Stepford.
  22. 20
    Stupendously dull and infuriatingly obtuse.
  23. 20
    It sends a bad message to the film's young audience that the daughter of a world leader needn't be more than a vapid bikini-stuffer.
  24. Plays more like a nightmare than a dream, and an exceedingly unnerving one at that. Sam isn't just a prisoner of her parents' ambitions; like nearly everyone else in this film, she's a zombie, sleepwalking through life while Rome burns.

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