The Brass Teapot Reviews

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Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
March 14, 2013
Leads Michael Angarano and especially firecracker Juno Temple are the reason to keep watching, but even they cannot breathe life into a compelling concept stretched too thin.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
April 1, 2013
Imbued with a buoyant mysticism, the film is more gag-friendly than idea-based, primarily relying on the considerable charm of its leads to ground its supernatural conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Sam Adams
Time Out
April 3, 2013
The film feels like it's over long before the credits roll-or perhaps that's just wishful thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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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Josh Modell
AV Club
April 4, 2013
The Brass Teapot tries to force a moralistic, Twilight Zone-ish plot into an indie comedy, a task that proves impossible for first-time feature director Ramaa Mosley.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Tim Grierson
Screen International
April 3, 2013
This dark comedy makes a few smart observations about the lengths people will go to snag the American Dream, but its satiric edge gets dulled rather quickly.
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
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
November 17, 2014
A comic fable that squanders its twisted-fairy-tale concept.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
April 4, 2013
Even The Twilight Zone would have struggled with the cutesy conceit of The Brass Teapot ...
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 20, 2012
...there does reach a point wherein Mosley's efforts at prolonging the running time results in elements of desperate nature...
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.
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
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.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 2, 2013
If you happened upon "The Brass Teapot" on TV and it broke for a commercial, you'd probably change the channel.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2013
This dark comedy's clever premise is too thin to sustain its feature-length running time.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 3, 2013
Far from the offbeat satire on the American dream gone sour it aims to be, The Brass Teapot is more like a dark flirtation with the American nightmare that backfires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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April 4, 2013
The Brass Teapot too often devolves into stale slapstick ...
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