• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Atkins
    In Theaters:
    Nov 16, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 23, 2002
  • Artisan Entertainment
  • Novocaine
    2 minutes 38 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Novocaine Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This dark, stylish tale isn't for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2010
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

It is entertaining enough to arouse imagination of post-Tarantino audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

March 18, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Prejudicado por um roteiro previsível e que jamais opta por um gênero claro, o filme traz uma ótima atuação de Steve Martin, que deveria fazer mais filmes "sérios".

| Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2003
Ellen Marshall
Film Threat

The film and site offer an offbeat trip, but this is certainly not recommended for anyone who's currently thinking about major dental work.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

To say this is black comedy is to understate the case, but the fun parts really are a hoot.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

While the plot does work in mechanical terms, its multiple ins and outs never achieve more than plodding motion.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

In a world filled with technically beautiful dogs, every once in awhile it's nice to see a film that bets the bank on great storytelling and a whole lot of soul.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 13, 2002
David Noh
Film Journal International

Filled with dark, edgy details and atmosphere, but ultimately becomes a very cold enterprise because you simply don't care about any of the characters.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 9, 2002
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Intriguingly straddles genres a bit, but a faint sliver of the film it could have been... [with a] lame, roundly unsatisfying motivation and ending.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: D+

August 27, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

One senses a gradual erosion of confidence behind the camera, and it may be that the thing wraps up just before [it] comes apart in a Tarantino-esque panic

Full Review | Original Score: C

August 6, 2002
Paul Salfen

...one of the funniest dark comedies in recent years.

Full Review

July 9, 2002
Neil Smith

This Hitchcockian yarn compensates for its leading man's rather anonymous performance with some well-placed shocks, a morbid sense of humour, and a climax that will literally put your teeth on edge.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

July 1, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

An odd, unsettling film, an uneasy blend of comedy and sadism that never seems to mesh into a coherent or particularly enjoyable whole.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 23, 2002
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

...making a brief stopover in theaters before reaching its final destination on a high-numbered cable channel during hours when only film critics and night watchmen are awake.

June 5, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Only a slightly better experience than getting a root canal.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

May 20, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The casting is peculiar, the tone is off, the plot is uninteresting and the ending is sorry.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

December 28, 2001
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Plays like the sort of silly shared fantasy that a group of dental students might come up with late one night, after too much coffee and cramming for finals.

December 27, 2001
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly

The whole macabre piece comes across as uneven.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

December 27, 2001
Ted Murphy

Novocaine, like the drug for which it was named, will leave the viewer numb.

Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 21, 2001
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

I can think of worse things than Novocaine. Like getting a tooth filled.

November 30, 2001
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