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Teeth Reviews

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Christian Toto
Washington Times
February 3, 2008
Teeth bites off more than it can chew.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Todd McCarthy
January 31, 2007
A game, disarming lead performance from Jess Weixler, who won a jury acting prize at Sundance, goes some way toward making palatable this mish-mash.
Cole Smithey
January 20, 2008
Writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein tosses in thematic elements of incest and pedophilia as so much narrative hamburger helper, but by then the movie has already worn out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Sobczynski
March 27, 2008
Lichtenstein has a lot of ambitious ideas for his debut film but lacks the skills to pull any of them off
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 17, 2011
I'm not sure I've ever seen rape, incest or abuse dealt with so vapidly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
As amateurishly made as it is, Teeth runs on a kind of angry distrust toward boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
May 5, 2008
You'll have to forgive the pun, but it simply lacks bite.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
January 18, 2008
Any movie about a girl with an actual vagina dentata had better be either very scary or very funny --- or, preferably, both. Unfortunately, "Teeth" can't decide what it wants to be.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 13, 2008
Though good for a few laughs, the one-note Teeth is just another trite rape-revenge fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
January 24, 2007
After Dawn comes to understand her remarkable genital gift, it's pretty much one can-you-top-this gross-out scene after another.
January 18, 2008
The film's mix of cheap gags, macabre coming-of-age story, social satire and Cronenbergian body horror is apparently meant to gel into black comedy, but it never quite does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
January 18, 2008
The picture is unfocused and indistinct; there's a noncommittal quality to the filmmaking. Teeth hinges on one strong idea but doesn't know quite where to take it, wobbling awkwardly between going for laughs and making its semi-delineated points.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
January 25, 2008
[The] castration scenes aren't nearly as excruciating as his awkward timing and worse-than-obvious pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It's like a punch in the face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 5, 2008
That the movie manages to successfully transcend shock value is probably its greatest accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
Teeth is both different enough from the usual teen trash to earn itself distinction and bold enough to go where other horrors wouldn't dare venture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 23, 2008
There's no scarier myth for males, and [director] Lichtenstein turns various images of emasculation into a black comedy that flirts, fairly tediously, with pornography.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 27, 2008
Star Jess Weixler, exerting the command and persona of a young Meryl Streep, grants enough earnest innocence that instead of fearing Dawn, you fear for her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
We haven't had a good vagina dentata movie in theaters lately, so it's a pleasure to see Teeth filling that particular need with such obvious relish and style.
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
January 16, 2008
Ultimately, Teeth will probably never become the late night cult film it aspires to be, but it does achieve an overwhelming sense of castration anxiety
| Original Score: 3/5
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