Death to Smoochy Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 29, 2002
The comedy Death to Smoochy is a rancorous curiosity: a movie without an apparent audience.
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.
March 29, 2002
For all its calculated cruelties, Death to Smoochy never gets as down and dirty.
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.
March 29, 2002
The script boasts some tart TV-insider humor, but the film has not a trace of humanity or empathy.
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.
March 29, 2002
Death to Smoochy is all noise with very little fun, and almost no restraint.
March 29, 2002
The premise is silly enough to wring out some laughs, but the plot plays out disappointingly.
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