Teeth bites off more than it can chew.
| Original Score: 1/4
A game, disarming lead performance from Jess Weixler, who won a jury acting prize at Sundance, goes some way toward making palatable this mish-mash.
Writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein tosses in thematic elements of incest and pedophilia as so much narrative hamburger helper, but by then the movie has already worn out its welcome.
| Original Score: C
Lichtenstein has a lot of ambitious ideas for his debut film but lacks the skills to pull any of them off
| Original Score: 2/5
I'm not sure I've ever seen rape, incest or abuse dealt with so vapidly.
| Original Score: 1/5
As amateurishly made as it is, Teeth runs on a kind of angry distrust toward boys.
| Original Score: 2/4
You'll have to forgive the pun, but it simply lacks bite.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Any movie about a girl with an actual vagina dentata had better be either very scary or very funny --- or, preferably, both. Unfortunately, "Teeth" can't decide what it wants to be.
Though good for a few laughs, the one-note Teeth is just another trite rape-revenge fantasy.
After Dawn comes to understand her remarkable genital gift, it's pretty much one can-you-top-this gross-out scene after another.
The film's mix of cheap gags, macabre coming-of-age story, social satire and Cronenbergian body horror is apparently meant to gel into black comedy, but it never quite does.
The picture is unfocused and indistinct; there's a noncommittal quality to the filmmaking. Teeth hinges on one strong idea but doesn't know quite where to take it, wobbling awkwardly between going for laughs and making its semi-delineated points.
[The] castration scenes aren't nearly as excruciating as his awkward timing and worse-than-obvious pacing.
It's like a punch in the face.
That the movie manages to successfully transcend shock value is probably its greatest accomplishment.
| Original Score: 3/5
Teeth is both different enough from the usual teen trash to earn itself distinction and bold enough to go where other horrors wouldn't dare venture.
There's no scarier myth for males, and [director] Lichtenstein turns various images of emasculation into a black comedy that flirts, fairly tediously, with pornography.
Star Jess Weixler, exerting the command and persona of a young Meryl Streep, grants enough earnest innocence that instead of fearing Dawn, you fear for her.
| Original Score: 3/4
We haven't had a good vagina dentata movie in theaters lately, so it's a pleasure to see Teeth filling that particular need with such obvious relish and style.
Ultimately, Teeth will probably never become the late night cult film it aspires to be, but it does achieve an overwhelming sense of castration anxiety
| Original Score: 3/5