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Death to Smoochy (2002)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 119
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 69

The talent involved can't save a script that has nowhere to go with its promising premise.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 26

The talent involved can't save a script that has nowhere to go with its promising premise.



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Movie Info

Danny DeVito steps behind the camera for this darkly funny satire that combines elements of Barney and Friends with the real-life Pee-Wee Herman scandal while recalling the director's previously twisted black comedies Throw Momma From the Train (1987) and The War of the Roses (1989). Robin Williams stars as Randolph Smiley, a popular children's show host known professionally as "Rainbow Randolph." Dismissed from his beloved job when he's caught taking payola, Randolph becomes increasingly



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Sep 17, 2002


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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (69) | DVD (18)

A broad, braying yuk fest that revels in coarse jokes ... lacks the courage of its own cynicism ... and refuses to develop its own premise.

September 16, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Death to Smoochy is often very funny, but what's even more remarkable is the integrity of DeVito's misanthropic vision.

April 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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I'm sure that some country, maybe France or something, will hail this as a work of genius, because it is so incredibly awful.

April 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
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A blacker than black comedy.

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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I was happy enough with it through most of it, but are we living in such insecure times that even dark, violent comedies now have to end on an up note?

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

Considering that it's meant to be a comedy about a TV children's show, DeVitto's picture is particularly irritating, nasty, and mean-spirited.

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

[T]his is a movie that ought to have been a lot funnier... Death to Smoochy is a cry likely to be heard by ticketbuyers as well.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

Robin Williams' manic energy is put to perfect use in this amusing and twisted comedy.

September 9, 2003
Radio Free Entertainment

I giggled all the way through "Death to Smoochy." It wasn't that ha-ha giggle, it was that evil, kind of maniacal giggle.

August 28, 2003 Full Review Source:

Comédia de humor negro com direção excessiva de DeVito, traz Edward Norton em um bom desempenho. É uma pena que o roteiro não tenha sido melhor aproveitado, já que este filme poderia ser mais interessante.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Suffers from the same problem as most of the shows it pokes fun at - it runs on for far too long . . . to maintain a firm hold on the attention span of it's intended audience.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

Director DeVito has referred to this film as 'a cross between Barney and Pulp Fiction.' He wishes.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It's bizarre, wild, entertaining and deliciously dark. Death to Smoochy is a splendid parody as Danny DeVito revels in the darkness of the project and Robin Williams excels at the wild swings of madness the role demands. At times melodramatic, but always

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The premise is a comedy cliché.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Kiddie-TV satire has foul-mouthed mania to spare, but never attains true inspiration.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Nada excepcional, pero si gustan del humor mordaz pero moderado de DeVito no saldrán desilusionados.

October 8, 2002

Some viewers will enjoy the movie's sheer weirdness, but for me it proved too odd and too erratic to maintain my attention for long.

October 5, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Its cruel pointlessness zaps Williams back into the fearless encroachment his best work has contained.

September 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Spectacularly unfunny.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

A movie that can't decide how it feels about any of its characters, and becomes exhausted with indifference before the one-hour mark.

August 25, 2002 Full Review

An amusing and dark take on children's shows and charities.

July 10, 2002 Full Review

a gale force of energy and creativity in the service of a lame idea

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Death to Smoochy

Death to Smoochy has received mixed reviews since its release. It often described as 'odd', 'A misfire', 'Wacky' and 'doesn't quite work. I totally disagree, it's just going against the Hollywood grain and is all the better for it. It has a certain 'cult film' essence about it, it's fair to say you either love it or are not that bothered. I loved its excess, it's colour, it's silliness and it's energy. It's a good script, the story is sound and the performances are brilliant. Some might say the actors took a risk but for me it very much paid off.
January 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

I loved the black comedy and how so many awful things happen with the involve of a children TV show. But Death to Smoochy have a bad script, what don't hel´p the movie. Rotten.
March 19, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

He's Big, He's Blue, He's Smoochy... and He's got to DIE!

Good fun movie. It's entertaining and the story was smart and witty with lots of oddballs thrown around. Nice cast to go along with Williams and Norton who were very funny.

Fired in disgrace, kids show host Randolph Smiley finds himself out on the street, while his replacement Sheldon Mopes, finds himself on the fast track to success with a new hit show as the proud purple rhino Smoochy. But things take a turn for the worst when Sheldon finds out that some of the people that he works with, and some he doesn't know he's working for, are all in it for the money. Meanwhile, Randolph is slowly turning insane with his only thoughts focusing on killing Smoochy and getting back to his life of luxury.
July 6, 2011
Manu Gino

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Ohh what a terrible movie.
the whole concept is absolutely ludicrus and boring.
I found Edward Norton extremly annoying in this movie that i couldnt finish this movie without getting absolutely irritated by this movie.
June 5, 2011
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    1. Randolph Smiley AKA 'Rainbow Randolph': Friends come in all sizes/ That's a fact, it's true/ All the colours of rainbow/ From mauve to blue/ The names are different/ The shoes don't match/ Some like to toss/ And others to catch/ One might say grasp while the other says snatch/ Because... friends come in all sizes/ Take it from me/ Golly gee/ Size doesn't matter/ When you want some friendly patter/ From a pal who is true/ And will lift you up when you're blue/ You can count on him/ He can count on you/ It's true/ It's true/ Friends come in all sizes!/ [repeat three times]
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