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New York Times:
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.
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.
Those with a high tolerance for good-natured "teen" raunch could do worse.
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.
Liberated from her trademark snark, Plaza tackles the awkwardness of fledgling foreplay with screwball abandon.
The film is flush with done-to-death gross-out gags, bodily fluids serving as too many punch lines. Yes, girls can dish out F-bombs and body objectification as well as the boys can, but that shouldn't be the whole joke.
In its exuberantly smutty way, "The To Do List" is revolutionary: A teen sex comedy where the girls get to play nasty and the boys stand around looking terrified.
This raunchy teen comedy is novel insofar as it recasts familiar gross-out gags from a female perspective; otherwise it's basically an American Pie knockoff.
This is a welcome female-centric variation on a familiar theme, not the first to deal with a teenage girl's de-virginization project, but certainly a minority report in a field crowded with boys trying to Get Some ...
It captures how even when sex gets this purposeful, it's in a different way for girls than for boys.
A star-studded but scattershot affair that tackles its comedic obligations as dutifully as its heroine pursues her sexual conquests.
Writer-director Maggie Carey's feature debut boasts a crack ensemble cast led by Aubrey Plaza that evocatively captures the carefree elation of youthful summer romance.
The To Do List is cheerfully unconcerned with realism; the cast is so obviously over high school age it almost becomes part of the joke.
So determined to one-up the boys that it goes overboard, misses its mark and accidentally makes an entirely different kind of statement.
It's good-natured and raucous, with many scenes that are just sketched but a few that are truly funny.
Even when the film connects, I can't help feel that it's mostly because it's set the target too low.
New York Daily News:
[It] thinks a sex-obsessed version of a John Hughes comedy by its very nature is hilarious. It's not, but there are still some things to like here.
New York Post:
"The To Do List" doesn't reinvent the wheel; we all know the "summer that changed everything" trope. But it's startling when you realize how rare it is to see a girl chasing sexual experience so doggedly - and with such a lighthearted tone.
Orange County Register:
Not since the schmaltzy Bucket List has there been a more blatant example of checklist comedy than the ultra-raunchy The To Do List.
It shows how far the teenage sex comedy has come, and how different it looks when a female writer or director is behind the camera.
The film feels a little like what might happen if the producers of films like Bridesmaids found a lost John Hughes script and adapted it for 2013 audiences.
Does Carey go too far? Duh. But why gripe when you can't stop laughing?
For the most part it's a cheerful and sprightly comedy that delivers moderate laughs and should connect with the younger female audience that Hollywood largely ignores in the summer.
San Francisco Chronicle:
"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.
Many of The To Do List's jokes have this first-draft, is-that-all-there-is? quality.
Don't go to The To Do List expecting a comedy genre-buster along the lines of Bridesmaids. Rather it's more of a one-joke repeater set in the hot Boise, Idaho, summer of 1993.
It is to comedy what an abstinence pledge is to sex.
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.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
By proudly wearing its "otherness" (a word I use ironically) on its sleeve, The To Do List feels fresh and strange and wondrously new. It shouldn't, but it does.