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  • Summary: Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 26, 2013
    In "Adventureland" and this summer's "The Way Way Back," disillusioned teens have worked through their issues in the weeks leading up to college by taking on quirky summer jobs. However, Carey's wacky sensibilities retain a notably fresh quality by using the same framing device as an excuse to bat around one funny idea after another. The story transcends the derivative scenario through a noticeable lack of verbal censorship.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jul 24, 2013
    Maybe someday there will be a better commercial comedy about a girl taking charge of her sexual education, but for now, this is the only one we’ve got, and it’s a filthy-fun charmer.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 25, 2013
    Does Carey go too far? Duh. But why gripe when you can't stop laughing?
  4. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jul 26, 2013
    A certain sloppiness prevents The To Do List from entering the female coming-of-age pantheon of "Sixteen Candles," "Clueless" and "Mean Girls."
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jul 22, 2013
    Like first sex, writer-director Maggie Carey's debut feature, The To Do List, is quick and messy, fitfully pleasurable, full of promise but not quite adept at getting everyone off.
  6. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Jul 25, 2013
    There's a potentially innovative teen comedy in here somewhere, but it's surrounded by one that's much duller.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 25, 2013
    The To Do List is a romantic comedy with no romance and little comedy, but with an ugliness of spirit that's surprising and unrelenting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Nov 23, 2013
    This was so funny, It's Dirty and very inappropriate. I love it. Sure it may be very forgetable but the laughs kept cumming ha ha pun and is very entertainng. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2014
    "The To Do List" es una comedia divertida e inteligente, con un buen argumento para presentar.Esta pelicula intenta ser otra pelicula para adolescentes, pero logra ser otra cosa. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2014
    A great vehicle for Aubrey Plaza and she did great. First time for me seeing her as a lead, would like to see more of it. . Her quirks really came out well here. Also, this is the most I've enjoyed Rachel Bilson. In anything. Ever. And Connie Britton did her bast to steal the show. Throw in nice performances from Hader, Glover and Skwiat and its quite funny. A truly underrated film. Expand
  4. Nov 2, 2013
    This is a fairly funny very sexual coming of age comedy that at least doesn't play tame. I really appreciate comedies that just goes for it unfortunately it's just not as good as other coming of age films this year like The Way Way Back and The Kings of Summer. B- Expand
  5. Jul 29, 2013
    Aubrey Plaza plays an over-achieving HS senior, who sets out to learn all about sex during the summer before college. If this sounds familiar, it's been done many times with guys, so the unoriginal twist is girls! There's every effort to be as verbally crude (sex talk) and visually gross (bodily fluids) as possible, but none of it's very funny. Bill Hader provides the only true comic sensibility, while everyone else is just there (and about 10 years too old for their roles). The early 90s references are enjoyable, but so are a few noticeable anachronisms. There's a good-spirited energy that keeps it from being too dull, but nothing about the writing or performances is especially original or amusing. Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2013
    There are a few big laughs, but the movie's tone is all over the place, and I just couldn't bring myself to root for Aubrey Plaza's unlikeable character. Expand
  7. Jul 28, 2013
    Stupid teenage crap. Who in their right mind can honestly say that this was a good movie. It is all about sex sex sex. Is there anything else that haunts these stupid teenager's minds.? Expand

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