Novocaine

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  • Summary: An edgy, unpredictable crime thriller, starring Steve Martin as a prosperous dentist whose well-ordered existence is thrown into turmoil when an alluring new patient draws him into a seedy underworld of sex, drugs and murder. (Artisan Entertainment)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Quite apart from wringing the last molecule of vividness from his freewheeling roster of loose cannons, he brings to his direction of Martin a finesse shared by only a few of the directors who have worked with the comedian-actor.
  2. 75
    A funny and constantly surprising exercise in comic tension.
  3. One moment it's farcical comedy, the next it's gruesome melodrama. The movie never finds the right tone.
  4. It's too bad the movie's intriguing effect wears off (so to speak) about two-thirds through.
  5. Drowns promising ideas in a sea of missed details and unconvincing motivations.
  6. There's a mechanical desire to work in as many outlandish twists as possible, and shallow grotesquerie quickly takes over.
  7. A coarse, witless and stunningly violent black comedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. FrankO.
    Jan 15, 2006
    9
    Second time watching this movie...a wild premise and great cinematograhy with black/white scenes. Good use of the cast, great plot twists. A Second time watching this movie...a wild premise and great cinematograhy with black/white scenes. Good use of the cast, great plot twists. A guilty pleasure not seen by many people. Expand

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