Temple and Angarano, entertaining enough, never quite sell the idea that this goodhearted couple would be so easily transformed by greed.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
The Brass Teapot too often devolves into stale slapstick ...
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Even The Twilight Zone would have struggled with the cutesy conceit of The Brass Teapot ...
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.
| Original Score: D
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.
The film feels like it's over long before the credits roll-or perhaps that's just wishful thinking.
| Original Score: 1/5
This dark comedy's clever premise is too thin to sustain its feature-length running time.
A fresh riff on "be careful what you wish for" fables.
Too agreeable to fully dismiss.
| Original Score: 6/10