Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 26, 2013
    91
    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: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 25, 2013
    90
    This movie is smarter and better acted and just plain funnier than most of its predecessors in the my-first-time genre, no matter which sex is losing what.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 26, 2013
    88
    I’d like to see a sequel about her freshman year at college, please. There were still a few items on that list left unchecked.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 24, 2013
    83
    A summer-adventure comedy, and its tone is fairly synthetic, yet it gets major props for giving us the first movie heroine who is clueless and easy in such a hardcore way.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jul 22, 2013
    80
    Making a convincingly assured feature debut, TV and web series writer-director Carey's script nails the raunchy-sweet tone required to bring off this R-rated teen-centered comedy with remarkable charm and relatability, mining a rich vein of girl-centered sexual curiosity and experimentation "loosely inspired" by personal experience.
  6. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jul 24, 2013
    78
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 28, 2013
    75
    Anything men can do women can do dirtier, funnier, fresher, since distaff raunchiness shows no signs of going stale and isn't contained to Melissa McCarthy.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 25, 2013
    75
    The To Do List is sex-obsessed, to be sure, but it's a chick flick, too. And in what it says about women (or girls) and men (or boys) and what they want, maybe it's a movie for us all.
  9. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 25, 2013
    75
    The movie is pleasingly vulgar and, although there's no nudity, the whole thing is about sex.
  10. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jul 25, 2013
    75
    The To Do List is a funny movie, but only if you’re not easily offended.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 25, 2013
    75
    Does Carey go too far? Duh. But why gripe when you can't stop laughing?
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 25, 2013
    75
    In its exuberantly smutty way, The To Do List is a revolutionary development: a teen sex comedy where the girls get to play nasty and the boys stand around looking vaguely terrified.
  13. Reviewed by: Cory Everett
    Jul 23, 2013
    75
    What really sets this film apart from nearly every other teenage sex comedy ever made, from "Porky's" to "American Pie" to "Superbad," is that this isn't about some dude trying to get laid.
  14. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jul 23, 2013
    75
    So many “lose my virginity over the summer” comedies, from “American Pie” to “Superbad,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” to “Girl Next Door.” But aside from the hilarious “Twilight Saga,” how many have told that torrid tale from the girl’s point of view? The To Do List is a summer romantic comedy dedicated to rectifying that imbalance in a single stroke.
  15. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Jul 29, 2013
    70
    It’s good-natured and raucous, with many scenes that are just sketched but a few that are truly funny.
  16. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 28, 2013
    70
    The To Do List feels fresh and strange and wondrously new. It shouldn’t, but it does.
  17. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 25, 2013
    70
    This is definitely a formula movie, lovingly and even obsessively so, made by someone who obviously enjoyed “American Pie” and numerous other raunchy-sweet teen sex comedies of the ’90s, and wished they existed for girls.
  18. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jul 22, 2013
    70
    This rare femme-centric addition to the loss-of-virginity canon (dominated by the likes of “Porky’s,” “Risky Business” and “American Pie”) hits its fair share of outrageously funny highs amid lots of so-so filler, but stays buoyant and likable throughout thanks to the winning presence of “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza in the lead.
  19. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jul 24, 2013
    67
    The film’s as clumsy yet earnest as a nervous first-timer, groping gracelessly in the dark for ecstasy and meaning.
  20. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 28, 2013
    63
    Like the fumbling around of first-time sex, The To Do List has its enjoyable moments but doesn't exactly feel like a peak experience.
  21. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jul 26, 2013
    63
    A certain sloppiness prevents The To Do List from entering the female coming-of-age pantheon of "Sixteen Candles," "Clueless" and "Mean Girls."
  22. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jul 26, 2013
    63
    The one thing The To Do List lacks is emotion. Carey is wise not to let the movie get bogged down by too much drama, but Brandy’s scientific approach to losing her virginity makes her seem almost robotic. That being said, it’s an amusing twist that the most emotional characters are Cameron and Brandy’s father.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 25, 2013
    63
    There’s plenty of talk about sex — even from Brandy’s supportive mom (Connie Britton), who offers her lubricant — but not much nudity or consequence. In The To Do List, sex is just another dubious achievement to outgrow.
  24. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 25, 2013
    63
    Uber-raunchy but pretty interesting as sex comedies go.
  25. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Jul 25, 2013
    60
    Our teenage years are so overwrought with emotion; not to put them in play at all makes Brandy feel like little more than a cipher for Plaza’s deadpan dark humor. And that’s pleasurable enough for a quick fling, but hardly the foundation of a lasting relationship.
  26. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jul 22, 2013
    60
    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.
  27. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jul 25, 2013
    57
    Much like Brandy, “List” tries and tries and tries to get the job done, but frankly, the satisfaction only ever comes in spurts.
  28. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 28, 2013
    50
    This thin, floppy comedy never quite became the high-spirited summer sex romp it clearly set out to be. I haven’t quite figured out yet why The To Do List doesn’t work, when so many elements within it seem to.
  29. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 26, 2013
    50
    Writer/director Carey clearly has some talent, and she and Plaza deserve credit for never pulling their comedic punches. They’re all in. Problem is, it’s mostly a bluff.
  30. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 25, 2013
    50
    The To Do List is neither supergood nor superbad, but passable doesn't exactly raise the bar.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jul 29, 2013
    4
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 28, 2013
    0
    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.? Full Review »
  3. Jul 27, 2013
    2
    If you want to see a good summertime coming-of-age movie, don't bother with this one. Instead you should see "The Way Way Back" with Steve Carell and Allison Janney, or watch the DVD of "Adventureland" with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. "The To Do List" has way too much bathroom humor. It relies on unfunny stuff like vomit and feces and juvenile sex stuff, which becomes boring after awhile. There's nothing original or entertaining about this movie, despite the best efforts of a good cast. It's a waste of good talent. Full Review »