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Death to Smoochy Reviews

September 16, 2002
A broad, braying yuk fest that revels in coarse jokes ... lacks the courage of its own cynicism ... and refuses to develop its own premise.
July 20, 2002
A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 2, 2002
Death to Smoochy is often very funny, but what's even more remarkable is the integrity of DeVito's misanthropic vision.
April 1, 2002
I'm sure that some country, maybe France or something, will hail this as a work of genius, because it is so incredibly awful.
March 29, 2002
A blacker than black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 29, 2002
This is a particularly toxic little bonbon, palatable to only a chosen and very jaundiced few.
March 29, 2002
An annoying, strident misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 29, 2002
There's so much that's just right in Danny DeVito's dark, behind-the-scenes satire of children's television that it's frustrating -- and a bit puzzling -- that the film doesn't quite work overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2002
In Death to Smoochy, we don't get Williams' usual tear and a smile, just sneers and bile, and the spectacle is nothing short of refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
This kind of dark comedy requires a delicate, surgical touch. But director Danny DeVito and screenwriter Adam Resnick (remember Cabin Boy?) just pound away.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 29, 2002
The cynicism is colossal, the casting superb: Norton may be the only actor alive who could pull off a character like Sherman, without making him either an idiot or a parody.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 29, 2002
The cinematic equivalent of being poked in the ribs with a fork for two hours, this relentlessly irritating comedy redefines the term 'over the top' -- and we don't mean that as a compliment.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 29, 2002
The comedy Death to Smoochy is a rancorous curiosity: a movie without an apparent audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2002
Loud, obscene, obvious and endlessly, assaultively repetitive, Death to Smoochy stands as a classic case of a bad thing happening to good actors.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
March 29, 2002
For all its calculated cruelties, Death to Smoochy never gets as down and dirty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2002
This is the kind of stinker that emerges every so often from Hollywood when major 'talent' -- Danny DeVito and Robin Williams, in this case -- get it into their heads that something disastrously unfunny is hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
March 29, 2002
The script boasts some tart TV-insider humor, but the film has not a trace of humanity or empathy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2002
Death to Smoochy is all noise with very little fun, and almost no restraint.
March 29, 2002
Death to Smoochy is so off-the-wall that it may well ultimately acquire the cult status of Resnick's earlier Chris Elliot vehicle, Cabin Boy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2002
The premise is silly enough to wring out some laughs, but the plot plays out disappointingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2002
In all the annals of the movies, few films have been this odd, inexplicable and unpleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
March 28, 2002
There are a few laughs, but I'm not sure that a comedy is supposed to make you recoil, which is what Smoochy does.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy has appealing manic energy, especially in its performances, but it's too cumbersome for its send-'em-home-happy ending to seem well-deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy has some of the same determinedly twisted, tumbleweed energy as [DeVito's] The War of the Roses and Throw Mama From the Train. What it lacks, though, is real wit.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy has the makings of a sharp, stinging satire ... [b]ut the finished movie trades wicked wit for abrasiveness.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 28, 2002
DeVito, who appears as Smoochy's devious agent, errs by pitching the performances too high, making the film feel tight and claustrophobic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 28, 2002
Like a can of 2-day old Coke. You can taste it, but there's no fizz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2002
Death to Smoochy tells a moldy-oldie, not-nearly -as-nasty -as-it- thinks-it-is joke. Over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 18, 2002
A loud, ugly, irritating movie without any of its satirical salvos hitting a discernible target.