Death to Smoochy Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 29, 2002
In all the annals of the movies, few films have been this odd, inexplicable and unpleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 28, 2002
Like a can of 2-day old Coke. You can taste it, but there's no fizz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
April 16, 2002
... instead go rent "Shakes The Clown", a much funnier film with a similar theme and an equally great Robin Williams performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2002
A loud, ugly, irritating movie without any of its satirical salvos hitting a discernible target.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 1, 2002
I'm sure that some country, maybe France or something, will hail this as a work of genius, because it is so incredibly awful.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy isn't good, but it's so odd I'm almost tempted to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
March 29, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 1, 2002
The film is, quite literally, loathsome on every level -- cruel, vulgar, mean-spirited, ugly to look at and ugly at heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 29, 2002
The premise is silly enough to wring out some laughs, but the plot plays out disappointingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 31, 2002
Sadly, a pending death for Smoochy is not instantaneous enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 28, 2002
If ever a concept came handed down from the movie gods on a silver platter, this is it. If ever such a dependable concept was botched in execution, this is it.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 28, 2002
Throw Smoochy from the train!
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 4, 2002
Helmer DeVito...attempts to do too many things in this story about ethics, payola, vice, murder, kids' TV and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 5, 2002
Some viewers will enjoy the movie's sheer weirdness, but for me it proved too odd and too erratic to maintain my attention for long.
| Original Score: 5/10
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Comédia de humor negro com direção excessiva de DeVito, traz Edward Norton em um bom desempenho. É uma pena que o roteiro não tenha sido melhor aproveitado, já que este filme poderia ser mais interessante.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 28, 2002
DeVito, who appears as Smoochy's devious agent, errs by pitching the performances too high, making the film feel tight and claustrophobic.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy has the makings of a sharp, stinging satire ... [b]ut the finished movie trades wicked wit for abrasiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy has some of the same determinedly twisted, tumbleweed energy as [DeVito's] The War of the Roses and Throw Mama From the Train. What it lacks, though, is real wit.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 6, 2002
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
March 31, 2002
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Renie Scolaro Mora
PopMatters
April 12, 2002
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Arizona Republic
March 29, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 29, 2002

Boston Phoenix
April 5, 2002

CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2002
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 5, 2002

ComingSoon.net
November 14, 2002

FilmStew.com
February 1, 2004
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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