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Novocaine Reviews

May 24, 2002
Read More | Original Score: D+
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
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.
November 27, 2001
This movie was not effective.
November 24, 2001
A coarse, witless and stunningly violent black comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 20, 2001
Atkins never finds the right tone for Novocaine. It's not dark enough to be either viciously funny or unsettling.
November 16, 2001
With Bonham Carter's been-there, done-that performance and a plot that spins out of control, we end up with a movie that you can't quite sink your teeth into.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2001
Fun but wobbly stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2001
Martin breaks loose from a string of bland studio comedies with Novocaine, a snarkily amusing indie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2001
An impressive directorial debut, but you wish Atkins had not made his movie's gradual descent seem as inevitable as Frank's.
November 16, 2001
The laughs aren't warm enough, or the crimes cold enough, to move anyone to shake or shiver.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2001
About two rewrites shy of a real story.
November 16, 2001
There are many things wrong with Novocaine, but the film's most gnawing pain is its clodhopper farfetchedness.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 16, 2001
The action takes on the two-dimensional quality of a clever joke and does a disservice to the actual suspense.
November 16, 2001
A screwball film noir with a lot of medium laughs and a few great big ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2001
[Atkins] brings to his direction of Martin a finesse shared by only a few of the directors who have worked with the comedian-actor.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2001
By the end you may need an aspirin to dispel the hectic racket Novocaine becomes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 16, 2001
It's too bad the movie's intriguing effect wears off ... about two-thirds through.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 16, 2001
A decidedly odd thriller that's basically one big extended dental metaphor, and a rather unappetizing one at that.
November 16, 2001
Might best be described as modest. It is modestly comic, modestly inventive and modestly entertaining.
November 16, 2001
Novocaine isn't the kind of movie you can really sink your teeth into, but it is a nice passing fancy, a creative spin on a classic crime form that has just enough bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2001
Some Martin fans may be unnerved by the movie's mix of lethal medicine and laughing gas, but unlike most recent comedies and thrillers, Novocaine will not leave you numb.
November 15, 2001
Atkins wants to expose hidden moral decay, but his slack direction fails to touch a nerve.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 15, 2001
A cracked piece of storytelling -- a funny and constantly surprising exercise in comic tension.
November 15, 2001
Proves initially intriguing in a junky sort of way, but in the end is just plain numbing.
November 15, 2001
We just watch from the outside, never having been drawn in by anything resembling believable feelings or behavior.
November 14, 2001
O.K., so it's different and peculiar. It's also confused, repulsive and unconvincing.
November 13, 2001
Cheats wildly on p.o.v. and salivates over bad metaphors ... while the wildly oscillating tone never finds its key.
November 13, 2001
I found myself underwhelmed, despite winning performances by Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2001
While Atkins' novice direction has its pockets of unevenness, his script is full of quirky invention and his crack cast never skips a beat.