Teddy Bears' Picnic Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2002
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.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 24, 2002
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.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 19, 2007
Low fidelity comedy all around.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 5, 2002
An ugly, pointless, stupid movie.
| Original Score: 0/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 14, 2002
Hardy har har.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 31, 2002
The satire is just too easy to be genuinely satisfying.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 29, 2002
A beyond-lame satire, Teddy Bears' Picnic ranks among the most pitiful directing debuts by an esteemed writer-actor.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2002
The satire is unfocused, while the story goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 22, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
April 4, 2002
What could and should have been biting and droll is instead a tepid waste of time and talent.
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
June 17, 2002
When one hears Harry Shearer is going to make his debut as a film director, one would hope for the best
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 25, 2002
Dignified CEO's meet at a rustic retreat and pee against a tree. Can you bear the laughter?
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
March 28, 2002
Too much of it feels unfocused and underdeveloped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 29, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
March 30, 2002
There are just too many characters saying too many clever things and getting into too many pointless situations. Where's the movie here?
Pam Grady
Reel.com
April 13, 2002
The real shame is that such a talented ensemble cast is so badly wasted in this lame attempt at political discourse.
| Original Score: 1/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
February 25, 2009
Pic lacks the development needed for a full-length feature and, following a hilarious opening sequence, it becomes tiresomely one-note.

E! Online
March 30, 2002
Despite a who's-who cast of comedians, virtually all the characters are uninteresting, unappealing and, worse, unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
March 10, 2003
Doesn't quite work as a comedy but a buried level of satire makes a good target out of the news media.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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