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Teddy Bears' Picnic

Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)

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Critic Reviews: 6
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Actor and comedian Harry Shearer makes his directorial debut with this mock documentary about the slightly sordid pastimes of some of America's wealthiest and most powerful men. Zambesi Glen is a private resort in Northern California whose highly exclusive membership rolls includes high-echelon politicians, leaders of America's military, owners of the nation's biggest corporations, renowned and respected political thinkers, and a handful of celebrity guests; the club's membership is

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Harry Shearer

Feb 24, 2004

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (19)

Pic lacks the development needed for a full-length feature and, following a hilarious opening sequence, it becomes tiresomely one-note.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Most of the film feels conceived and shot on the fly -- like between lunch breaks for Shearer's radio show and his Simpson voice-overs.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The satire is unfocused, while the story goes nowhere.

April 5, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It is supremely unfunny and unentertaining to watch middle-age and older men drink to excess, piss on trees, b.s. one another and put on a show in drag.

April 3, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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A beyond-lame satire, Teddy Bears' Picnic ranks among the most pitiful directing debuts by an esteemed writer-actor.

March 29, 2002
New York Post
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Too much of it feels unfocused and underdeveloped.

March 28, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Low fidelity comedy all around.

February 19, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

When one hears Harry Shearer is going to make his debut as a film director, one would hope for the best

June 17, 2002 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

Very much like its title, the movie is too cuddly and frolicking to get a satirical grip on its rich and powerful characters, or their real life targets.

May 24, 2002 Full Review
WBAI Web Radio

Hardy har har.

April 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Blunt Review
Blunt Review

The real shame is that such a talented ensemble cast is so badly wasted in this lame attempt at political discourse.

April 13, 2002
Reel.com

An ugly, pointless, stupid movie.

April 5, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

What could and should have been biting and droll is instead a tepid waste of time and talent.

April 4, 2002
New Times

The satire is just too easy to be genuinely satisfying.

March 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Despite a who's-who cast of comedians, virtually all the characters are uninteresting, unappealing and, worse, unfunny.

March 30, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

There are just too many characters saying too many clever things and getting into too many pointless situations. Where's the movie here?

March 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film has the thrown-together feel of a summer-camp talent show: hastily written, underrehearsed, arbitrarily plotted and filled with crude humor and vulgar innuendo.

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dignified CEO's meet at a rustic retreat and pee against a tree. Can you bear the laughter?

March 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Doesn't quite work as a comedy but a buried level of satire makes a good target out of the news media.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
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