The Brass Teapot Reviews

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Drew McWeeny
HitFix
January 4, 2015
... it is apparent that Ramaa Mosley has a voice, and that The Brass Teapot is a focused, controlled piece of storytelling that displays real control.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Fred Topel
Nerd Report
December 30, 2014
What matters is how the device is used to push the characters, and The Brass Teapot does that beautifully. Since there is an unlimited source of income, Alice's imagination is really the only limit to how abusive she and John can be.
November 17, 2014
The heart of the film is in the right place and is a fun addition to the fantasy film genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 14, 2014
Juno Temple and Michael Angarano are appealing, and director Ramaa Mosley keeps her dark comedy brightly paced.
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 5, 2013
Wish-fulfillment black comedy engages through its winsome (if violent) premise and highly attractive leads, but shows some strain towards the end.
Leland Montgomery
Paste Magazine
April 5, 2013
The story is set up and unfolds in a very subtle, nuanced manner that enriches each reveal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 4, 2013
There's not much depth to Mosley's debut, which is based on a short story by Tim Macy. But Michael Angarano and Juno Temple are an appealing pair as John and Alice, struggling suburbanites.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 2, 2013
A fresh riff on "be careful what you wish for" fables.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
April 1, 2013
Too agreeable to fully dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 30, 2013
Heavy-handed, but you have to love that message -- "Greed causes physical harm" -- and the ways Juno Temple and Angarano sell it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elias Savada
Film Threat
December 28, 2014
I'm left wondering: Doesn't a teapot have better things to do than force its demonic will on others, including an innocent, naive couple? Actually, I'm not wondering about that at all. I prefer coffee.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
November 17, 2014
The energetic lead performances bring some smiles for fans of Angarano and Temple. The story is less successful though as aside from its unique premise it has very little to offer thanks to its very familiar moral.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
November 17, 2014
A comic fable that squanders its twisted-fairy-tale concept.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
This oddball dark comedy might have made an amusing short film, but its one-note concept wears thin at feature length.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
April 12, 2013
The screenplay falters, introducing ridiculous villains and featuring thorough lapses in logic in a blur of strained drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
April 5, 2013
Missing numerous layers of sickness, fearful of pushing a plot of pain on its audience, forcing them to study the complexity of unsavory desires with unlikable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
April 5, 2013
Temple and Angarano, entertaining enough, never quite sell the idea that this goodhearted couple would be so easily transformed by greed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2013
Without a human dimension to ground its construct, "The Brass Teapot" ultimately feels like an interminably stretched-out skit rather than a storybook lesson stained with blood and hurt.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 4, 2013
Ms. Mosley, who directed from a screenplay by Tim Macy, struggles to fill her debut feature with a slender notion, but the premise defeats her, even if the story operates at the outset on the pleasure principle.
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April 4, 2013
The Brass Teapot too often devolves into stale slapstick ...
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