Critics Consensus

Smart, original, and horrifically funny, Teeth puts a fresh feminist spin on horror movie tropes.



Total Count: 69


Audience Score

User Ratings: 34,873
User image

Watch it now

Teeth Photos

Movie Info

High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group's most active participant. Her task is made even more difficult by her bad boy stepbrother Brad's increasingly provocative behavior at home. A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles to comprehend her anatomical uniqueness, Dawn experiences both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth.


Josh Pais
as Dr. Godfrey
Nicole Swahn
as Melanie
Hunter Ulvog
as Little Brad
Ava Ryen Plumb
as Little Dawn
Trent Moore
as Mr. Vincent
Mike Yager
as Elliot
Nathan Parsons
as Soda Spritzer
Paul Galvan
as Taunting Boy
Kasey Kitzmiller
as Taunting Girl
Taylor Sheppard
as Sex Ed Teacher
Denia Ridley
as Biology Teacher
Kiri Weatherby
as Curious Student
Michael Swanner
as Police Detective
Tom Byrne
as Surgeon
Andra Millian
as O.R. Nurse
Frank Curcio
as Coroner
Lana Dieterich
as Admitting Nurse
Carter Doyle
as Old Man
View All

News & Interviews for Teeth

Critic Reviews for Teeth

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (14)

  • As amateurishly made as it is, Teeth runs on a kind of angry distrust toward boys.

    Nov 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I'm not sure I've ever seen rape, incest or abuse dealt with so vapidly.

    Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Whether you view it as a primordial image from the collective unconscious or a practical warning against promiscuity, vagina dentata makes an indubitably memorable impression -- and an ideal premise for a tongue-in-cheek teen horror movie.

    Mar 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Given how thoroughly all the subtext spells out the message, then, it seems unnecessary to make the actual text so raw, grotesque and graphic.

    Mar 27, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Given how thoroughly all the subtext spells out the message, then, it seems unnecessary to make the actual text so raw, grotesque and graphic. Granted, a horror movie about vagina dentata was probably never destined to be tasteful, but Lichtenstein's comp

    Mar 27, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Every time the scary music kicks in and another dumb male clutches his crotch, the theater bursts into uncertain giggles like a needed release

    Jan 29, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Teeth

  • Aug 20, 2018
    As hilarious and audacious as it is shockingly underrated, this feminist masterpiece should be the wet dream of any psychoanalyst worth their salt, since it uses a bizarre (but existing) folk tale to brilliantly expose the way our sexist culture has forever demonized female sexual pleasure.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2014
    Once the doctor started screaming "Vagina dentata! Vagina dentata!" the film becomes completely ludicrous, stupid, immature, & completely pointless; Oh, & funny but not in a good way. Teeth has a lot of issues, from it being rather hypocritical, unclear in story, inconsistent in plotting, bland characters, disrespectful to teenagers & their sexualities, & plain out disgusting. The gore isn't all the good either, it's just really gross. Really, I was watching this in hopes of seeing vagina dentata being put to some good use (no pun intended), but instead I got something some sick 16 year old wrote. Watch the ending of this with the old man & see for yourself.
    Frisby 2 Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2014
    A teenage girl who is active in the abstinence movement discovers she has fangs in her hoo-ha, much to her would-be lovers' misfortune. It would be hard to find a proper tone for this ridiculous premise; writer/director Mitchell Litchenstein decides to play it as a straight horror film, with mixed results.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer

Teeth Quotes

News & Features