Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. If you're in the mood for razor-sharp satire, this is the most refreshingly outrageous movie of the season.
  2. The spectacle is nothing short of refreshing.
  3. 70
    Death to Smoochy is often very funny, but what's even more remarkable is the integrity of DeVito's misanthropic vision.
  4. 67
    It's good -- no, great -- to see Williams as a mean rat bastard.
  5. Plays like a long TV sketch, but with an array of characters, themes, subplots and situations just clever enough to keep it moving, and to give cover to its underlying cynicism.
  6. 63
    In general, parodies may not rely overmuch on plot, but they need more in this department than Death to Smoochy possesses.
  7. Resnick has crafted an ambitious, if extremely uneven, character study.
  8. A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste.
  9. 50
    So off-the-wall that it may well ultimately acquire the cult status of Resnick's earlier Chris Elliot vehicle, "Cabin Boy."
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Smoochy, like the cuddly character, tries to be loved and ends on an unrealistically upbeat note. But it's in better, wittier form just being vicious and biting.
  11. 50
    The script boasts some tart TV-insider humor, but the film has not a trace of humanity or empathy.
  12. Sporadically funny, twisted for sure, it risks becoming as repetitive and shrill as the kinds of programs it satirizes.
  13. DeVito definitely has a gift for absurd black humor that kicks in here and there, but Adam Resnick's script is slavishly mean-spirited.
  14. Starts out as such a deliciously savage satire of TV kiddie shows that it's a shame it swerves out of control and over the top, sliding into tedium before pulling together for a clever, if protracted, finish.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Pushes its dark, smart, clever, cynical, satirical, nasty, provocative and sarcastic instincts to the point of heavily diminished returns -- to the point where the very amusing premise just isn't funny anymore.
  16. Reviewed by: John Powers
    A broad, braying yuk fest that revels in coarse jokes, lacks the courage of its own cynicism (things keep wavering into sentimentality) and refuses to develop its own premise.
  17. 40
    This black-comic assault on family entertainment is going to set a lot of teeth on edge -- If only his (De Vito's) material were better this time.
  18. 38
    Death to Smoochy? Yes, please.
  19. Williams, going full throttle as the desperate deposed kiddie icon Rainbow Ralph, is, well, simply exhausting.
  20. Tells a moldy-oldie, not-nearly-as-nasty-as-it-thinks-it-is joke. Over and over again.
  21. 30
    A misfire of spectacular proportions.
  22. 30
    All noise with very little fun, and almost no restraint.
  23. 30
    An aggressive black comedy that seeks to satisfy a bloodlust already quelled many times over.
  24. It's so over the top, the top isn't even visible in the rear-view mirror.
  25. 25
    To call Death to Smoochy satire -- or parody, burlesque, or even lampoon -- would be too generous. The moviemakers merely glide on the thin ice of yesterday's cynicism.
  26. Reviewed by: Alex Nohe
    It is impossible to say whether the premise or its execution is more fatal in "Death to Smoochy." One would expect something greater out of the talents assembled.
  27. 20
    There are a few laughs, but I'm not sure that a comedy is supposed to make you recoil, which is what "Smoochy" does.
  28. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    DiVito turns actors like Robin Williams, Edward Norton, and Catherine Keener into nothing less horrific than giant Danny DeVitos.
  29. 12
    To make a film this awful, you have to have enormous ambition and confidence, and dream big dreams.
  30. Reviewed by: Hank Sartin
    It's hard to pinpoint where things go wrong.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
  1. Feb 7, 2013
    Death to Smoochy is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. Hilarious from start to finish and one heck of a good black comedy. I would highly recommend it. Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2011
    My Favourite movie in the whole world is Death to Smoochy. My second favourite is A Clocwork Orange. My third favourite is Apocolapse now. My fourth favourite is Life is Beautiful. Then it;s Hedwig and the Angry inch ... Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    This movie is priceless to me, Its a cult classic. Solid cast, Hilariously funny, original plot. Why people hate it, I have no idea. I think it was great. Full Review »