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  • Summary: Portrays an unlikely bond between two total opposites. As their relationship develops, a friendship that seemed impossible becomes inevitable. (Paramount Classics)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. A human-scale comedy that reaches across generations to tickle, connect and embrace.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Risks seeming too earnestly therapeutic for its own good. But what makes My First Mister a successful feature directing debut for Lahti is the emotional veracity it summons.
  3. 75
    About reaching out, about seeing the other person, about having something to say and being able to listen. So what if the ending is in autopilot? At least it's a flight worth taking.
  4. 50
    A bathetic TV-movie-type "learning experience" that provides about as much insight into teenagers as 40s westerns did into Indians--it's all in the costumes and customs.
  5. 50
    Lahti's feature directorial debut plays like a watered-down variation ("Ghost World") -- that is, until the final third, when the film not only deviates but flat out derails.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Lahti's feature directorial debut walks an innocuous middle line between the story's maudlin possibilities and its meaningful potential.
  7. 16
    Intelligent teens will hate this film, and adults will just be embarrassed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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