Teeth

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 61 Ratings

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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 DawnHigh 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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Score distribution:
  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. The film should have the edgy wit of "Election" here, but instead is played so straight it's hard to make the shift when things start getting really crazy. But stick with it and you'll be rewarded with a new kind of superhero and a couple of the ghastliest, most outrageous penis jokes ever imagined.
  4. 63
    Teeth is the "Incredible Hulk" of sex satires.
  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. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    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, whose provocative nature could carve out a certain commercial niche.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    38
    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: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. JesseB.
    Jan 24, 2008
    10
    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 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
    10
    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. Jan 14, 2016
    9
    Teeth achieves something rare by being funny, yet not at all quotable.Many of the best moments are non-verbal, and even the verbal punchlinesTeeth achieves something rare by being funny, yet not at all quotable.Many of the best moments are non-verbal, and even the verbal punchlines would fall flat without the atmospheric lead-up. A cautionary tale about poor sex-ed, a monster movie, a teen romp, a coming of age, and a quirky comedy are all somewhere within Teeth, but cannot be separated from each other.

    A pure horror movie along the lines of Teeth would be shamefully ridiculous, but Teeth legitimizes its monster moments by recognizing the preposterousness of its premise.

    It's a bit odd that the main character meets very few men who are not rapists, but not moreso than the main character having teeth in her vagina. And it wouldn't be a very interesting movie if only, like, one dick got bitten off.

    Don't watch it with your parents, but definitely watch it.
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  4. JayH.
    Apr 29, 2008
    6
    The plot is certainly unique in this very unusual film that is darkly funny. It is not for all tastes, but is well paced and it certainly can The plot is certainly unique in this very unusual film that is darkly funny. It is not for all tastes, but is well paced and it certainly can be entertaining. Well acted. Expand
  5. PAlex
    May 13, 2008
    6
    When I watched the trailer I really thought this could be a good movie because of its original content. But the humor and drama don't When I watched the trailer I really thought this could be a good movie because of its original content. But the humor and drama don't hold up well over the poor pacing and unreasonable direction it takes. The main character is pretty but seriously, no man seems to be able to cross her path without wanting to rape her? Expand
  6. viiv
    Apr 23, 2008
    6
    One of the achievements of this movie is to present the audience with a question: When does a man deserve to have his genitalia violently One of the achievements of this movie is to present the audience with a question: When does a man deserve to have his genitalia violently removed? The answer is easy to come by since the writer neglects to include any positive male roles in the film. As the hero gets used to her newfound power, the audience is prompted to laugh (in horror, but laughter nonetheless) when she performs a spontaneous penectomy on a high school kid, simply because she regretted having had sex with him. I challenge someone to make a movie like this where the roles are reversed, where a man runs around mutilating women's genitalia for reasons ranging from serious to completely frivolous. I doubt anyone could accept the mutilator as the protagonist, as was the case in this movie. In terms of technique, the movie was well done, but the unabashed man-hating gets a little old. Expand
  7. BrianG.
    Jan 26, 2008
    0
    Complete and utter misandrist filth. I'd just love to see the reaction of those who praise TEETH if, instead, someone had introduced a 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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