Novocaine Reviews

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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.
May 24, 2002
December 28, 2001
The casting is peculiar, the tone is off, the plot is uninteresting and the ending is sorry.
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.
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.
November 16, 2001
Fun but wobbly stuff.
November 16, 2001
Martin breaks loose from a string of bland studio comedies with Novocaine, a snarkily amusing indie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2001
By the end you may need an aspirin to dispel the hectic racket Novocaine becomes.
November 16, 2001
It's too bad the movie's intriguing effect wears off ... about two-thirds through.
November 16, 2001
A decidedly odd thriller that's basically one big extended dental metaphor, and a rather unappetizing one at that.
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