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  • Summary: 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 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. (Lionsgate) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 83
    A clever and affecting thriller/comedy about a subject that absolutely cannot be written about in a daily newspaper or website that's for a general audience. The film is a giddy pastiche of styles -- slasher picture, faith film, social satire, teen romp, '50s atom bomb monster movie -- and it makes you laugh and squirm and grin in appreciation.
  2. Campy, shameless and sophisticated, Lichtenstein's debut is gutsy and original, and it makes "Juno" look positively tame by comparison.
  3. A smart and creepy fable in which the myth of the vagina dentata - yes, a toothed sex organ - is transplanted to teen suburbia.
  4. 63
    An anti-date movie if there ever was one, Teeth is a darkly engaging if uneven horror movie spoof centering on men's fear of castration.
  5. 60
    This is going to be a notorious film that young audiences will be daring themselves to see, but it's actually funnier, darker and more troubling before it turns into a carnival of repeated dismemberment.
  6. 50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Lichtenstein's putative switcheroo on the Vagina Dentata trope is to play it as some kind of token of female empowerment, but it's pretty clear that the writer/director didn't think things through on any counts, contenting himself that the putative outrageousness of the concept could see him through.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. JesseB.
    Jan 24, 2008
    Brilliant film if you can make it through (four people at my screening walked out). It's way underrated. It will stand the test of time as a cult classic. Great suspense, performances (especially the lead), *extremely* funny, disturbing - just all around great. I'm very disappointed in the critics for being too squeamish to look past the severed penises. Expand
  2. AlbrightK.
    Jan 18, 2008
    A totally original very, very black comedy. Yes, it does hit a lot of genres, but does so in a charming and entertaining manner.
  3. EinarJ.
    May 9, 2008
    Surprising! The whole affair was satyrical, acted well, and gory. It reminds me fiercely of the Kill Bill series (actress, gore and such). But the real spark in Teeth is the wonderful heroine/villain. Just out there, full of ideas. The directing could have been improved, but I still adore this album. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2013
    A ladyfriend told me to watch Teeth so I did. Lesson learned. Avoid women with toothed vaginas.

    Other then how corny this movie is, which I
    feel is what it aimed for, it's really unnerving. It made me really uncomfortable seeing her snatch bite off men's organs. It's kinda crazy, and the whole "step-brother sex scene" at the end was really...odd. Didn't he love her, and got mad because she became his step-sister?

    Oh well. Fun movie to sit through once, and could be fun to see the reaction of your friends. Specifically your guy friends.
  5. ChadS.
    May 9, 2008
    Concerning Dawn's killer vagina, the filmmaker had two choices. The vagina could either be in tune with Dawn's mind, or a rogue element in the girl's body that tunes her out. The filmmaker decided that a telepathic vagina, rather than an impervious vagina, better served his story. When Dawn(Jess Weixler) senses trouble, her "p****" throws a hissy fit and acts on the girl's behalf. The men get what they deserve. Their advances are either non-consensual(to be frank, it's rape), or duplicitous. But what if Dawn actually fell in love, and wanted to express her love physically? Now that's one vagina monologue I'd love to hear; a plea to her vagina that it grant passage to a benevolent, albeit "angry" penis. Ryan(Ashley Springer) looks like he's in love with Dawn, but inexplicably, the film turns him into a rapist. This awkward tonal shift clumsily introduces the truth about Dawn's vagina. If "Teeth" had a brain, and more importantly, a heart and soul, it actually had the makings of an "Edward Scissorshands" for girls. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2014
    What the actual f*ck? Teeth Vagina? It certainly has a few bright spots, but too much emphasis is being made throughout the movie on the fact that a girl has teeth genitalia. Expand
  7. BrianG.
    Jan 26, 2008
    Complete and utter misandrist filth. I'd just love to see the reaction of those who praise TEETH if, instead, someone had introduced a film in which the male protagonist destroyed women's genitalia. Is our societal hatred of men actually reached the level that this is the next logical step? Expand

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