Death to Smoochy Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 5, 2002
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
September 16, 2002
A broad, braying yuk fest that revels in coarse jokes ... lacks the courage of its own cynicism ... and refuses to develop its own premise.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 2, 2002
Death to Smoochy is often very funny, but what's even more remarkable is the integrity of DeVito's misanthropic vision.
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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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 29, 2002
A blacker than black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 29, 2002
This is a particularly toxic little bonbon, palatable to only a chosen and very jaundiced few.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 29, 2002
An annoying, strident misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 29, 2002
There's so much that's just right in Danny DeVito's dark, behind-the-scenes satire of children's television that it's frustrating -- and a bit puzzling -- that the film doesn't quite work overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 29, 2002
In Death to Smoochy, we don't get Williams' usual tear and a smile, just sneers and bile, and the spectacle is nothing short of refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 29, 2002
This kind of dark comedy requires a delicate, surgical touch. But director Danny DeVito and screenwriter Adam Resnick (remember Cabin Boy?) just pound away.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 29, 2002
The cynicism is colossal, the casting superb: Norton may be the only actor alive who could pull off a character like Sherman, without making him either an idiot or a parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 29, 2002
The cinematic equivalent of being poked in the ribs with a fork for two hours, this relentlessly irritating comedy redefines the term 'over the top' -- and we don't mean that as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 29, 2002
The comedy Death to Smoochy is a rancorous curiosity: a movie without an apparent audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 29, 2002
Loud, obscene, obvious and endlessly, assaultively repetitive, Death to Smoochy stands as a classic case of a bad thing happening to good actors.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 29, 2002
For all its calculated cruelties, Death to Smoochy never gets as down and dirty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 29, 2002
This is the kind of stinker that emerges every so often from Hollywood when major 'talent' -- Danny DeVito and Robin Williams, in this case -- get it into their heads that something disastrously unfunny is hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
March 29, 2002
The script boasts some tart TV-insider humor, but the film has not a trace of humanity or empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 29, 2002
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Arizona Republic
March 29, 2002
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 29, 2002
Death to Smoochy is all noise with very little fun, and almost no restraint.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 29, 2002
Death to Smoochy is so off-the-wall that it may well ultimately acquire the cult status of Resnick's earlier Chris Elliot vehicle, Cabin Boy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 28, 2002
There are a few laughs, but I'm not sure that a comedy is supposed to make you recoil, which is what Smoochy does.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy has appealing manic energy, especially in its performances, but it's too cumbersome for its send-'em-home-happy ending to seem well-deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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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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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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy tells a moldy-oldie, not-nearly -as-nasty -as-it- thinks-it-is joke. Over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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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.