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Novocaine Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
This dark, stylish tale isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
March 18, 2005
It is entertaining enough to arouse imagination of post-Tarantino audience.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2003
Prejudicado por um roteiro previsível e que jamais opta por um gênero claro, o filme traz uma ótima atuação de Steve Martin, que deveria fazer mais filmes "sérios".
| Original Score: 3/5
Ellen Marshall
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The film and site offer an offbeat trip, but this is certainly not recommended for anyone who's currently thinking about major dental work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
To say this is black comedy is to understate the case, but the fun parts really are a hoot.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
While the plot does work in mechanical terms, its multiple ins and outs never achieve more than plodding motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 13, 2002
In a world filled with technically beautiful dogs, every once in awhile it's nice to see a film that bets the bank on great storytelling and a whole lot of soul.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 9, 2002
Filled with dark, edgy details and atmosphere, but ultimately becomes a very cold enterprise because you simply don't care about any of the characters.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 27, 2002
Intriguingly straddles genres a bit, but a faint sliver of the film it could have been... [with a] lame, roundly unsatisfying motivation and ending.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 6, 2002
One senses a gradual erosion of confidence behind the camera, and it may be that the thing wraps up just before [it] comes apart in a Tarantino-esque panic
Full Review| Original Score: C
Paul Salfen
July 9, 2002 of the funniest dark comedies in recent years.
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Neil Smith
July 1, 2002
This Hitchcockian yarn compensates for its leading man's rather anonymous performance with some well-placed shocks, a morbid sense of humour, and a climax that will literally put your teeth on edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
June 23, 2002
An odd, unsettling film, an uneasy blend of comedy and sadism that never seems to mesh into a coherent or particularly enjoyable whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 5, 2002
...making a brief stopover in theaters before reaching its final destination on a high-numbered cable channel during hours when only film critics and night watchmen are awake.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 20, 2002
Only a slightly better experience than getting a root canal.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 28, 2001
The casting is peculiar, the tone is off, the plot is uninteresting and the ending is sorry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 27, 2001
Plays like the sort of silly shared fantasy that a group of dental students might come up with late one night, after too much coffee and cramming for finals.
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly
December 27, 2001
The whole macabre piece comes across as uneven.
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
Novocaine, like the drug for which it was named, will leave the viewer numb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
November 30, 2001
I can think of worse things than Novocaine. Like getting a tooth filled.
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