Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 3, 2013
    70
    Despite the inherent perversity of the concept, Mosley succeeds in maintaining a certain sweetness throughout. Even more impressively, she makes her low-budget enterprise look as slick as most midrange studio comedies, demonstrating herself a director with both imagination and technical ingenuity.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Jan 7, 2015
    67
    It is apparent that Ramaa Mosley has a voice, and that The Brass Teapot is a focused, controlled piece of storytelling that displays real control.
  3. 63
    The Brass Teapot stumbles into tedium, a parable that never quite resolves itself into the moral lesson it so desperately wants to convey.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 4, 2013
    60
    The Brass Teapot too often devolves into stale slapstick.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 2, 2013
    60
    Despite the numerous patchy moments The Brass Teapot by and large squeaks by as an enjoyable entertainment.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Apr 4, 2013
    50
    Temple and Angarano, entertaining enough, never quite sell the idea that this goodhearted couple would be so easily transformed by greed.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 4, 2013
    50
    Alice and John are good company — especially Alice, thanks to Ms. Temple's buoyant humor and lovely poignancy. The problem comes when the couple gets greedy, the gods grow angry and the tone turns dark. It doesn't stay dark, but getting back to the brightness is a painful process.
  8. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    While its supernatural premise might have fueled a perfectly good Twilight Zone episode, The Brass Teapot strains to fill its feature-length running time.
  9. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 2, 2013
    50
    Far from the offbeat satire on the American dream gone sour it aims to be, The Brass Teapot is more like a dark flirtation with the American nightmare that backfires.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Apr 1, 2013
    50
    Imbued with a buoyant mysticism, the film is more gag-friendly than idea-based, primarily relying on the considerable charm of its leads to ground its supernatural conceit.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Zhuravsy
    Mar 1, 2013
    50
    With the help of a talented cast, The Brass Teapot is able to coast on charm for the first hour, but then the fairytale idea that powers the film runs out of juice, and the last forty-five minutes hurtle toward a wrap-up that feels both awkward and overwrought, needlessly portentous and arriving much too late.
  12. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 4, 2013
    40
    The movie’s best bits lose out to the requisite moral turnaround.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 4, 2013
    30
    Wearing out its welcome long before its moralizing finale, the film...does manage to mine contemporary fears about the increasing worthlessness of a college degree.
  14. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Apr 3, 2013
    25
    Its comedic side never bites, and its moral side is painfully one-dimensional. A little to the left and The Brass Teapot might’ve been mean-spirited fun; a little to the right and it could play on The Hallmark Channel. For a movie with such an outlandish premise, it’s remarkably dull.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 4, 2013
    20
    Without a human dimension to ground its construct, The Brass Teapot ultimately feels like an interminably stretched-out skit rather than a storybook lesson stained with blood and hurt.
  16. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Apr 2, 2013
    20
    The film feels like its over long before the credits roll — or perhaps that’s just wishful thinking.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 13, 2014
    6
    "The Brass Teapot" 10 Scale Rating: 6.0 (Decent) ...

    The Good: The premise is completely silly, but interesting all the same. Likeable
    "The Brass Teapot" 10 Scale Rating: 6.0 (Decent) ...

    The Good: The premise is completely silly, but interesting all the same. Likeable leads, at least initially. Genuinely funny at times with a sharp wit that made me chuckle on more than one occasion.

    The Bad: Goes a little too far with the silliness and at times is just stupid. The extremes some characters take from moral, to completely immoral, and then back again isn't believable and causes you to start to root against them. This becomes difficult when it is a lead character.
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  2. Jul 13, 2014
    8
    I thought this was a fun and entertaining movie. It was something I could only imagine in real life. The story of the down and out couple,I thought this was a fun and entertaining movie. It was something I could only imagine in real life. The story of the down and out couple, making it big for no reason if not for the teapot was cute, while all along knowing that nothing good could come of it in the long run. Full Review »
  3. Apr 15, 2014
    8
    Rising star award winner at BAFTA for the 2013 season, Juno Temple, is one of my watch-out actress after seeing her in 'Dirty Girl'. As far asRising star award winner at BAFTA for the 2013 season, Juno Temple, is one of my watch-out actress after seeing her in 'Dirty Girl'. As far as I know she has not donned in a comical role so it was good to see her in this movie as one. This is the role she needed the most after all her previous roles were pretty much serious. The chemistry between her and her counterpart was excellent. The direction was nice, it was her first full length venture which was adapted from her short movie of the same name.

    As the movie had two young actors, story too ideally matched and looked like specially made for young viewers. This fantasy theme was largely influenced by Aladdin's 'magic lamp' except Genie. Yes the movie was about magic teapot which works differently here, we can say it was modified to suit the modern world. An engaging screenplay, which happens around a teapot throughout the movie and makes us to keep guessing.

    Of course, logic does not apply here, it takes turns like what a common man does or think if he had a magic pot with him. It was all about money, the world won't work without money so the story evolves around a young couple who are thirsty for money. Like it was another perspective of money making concept that similar to 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. All the above it delivered an inspiring message that necessitated to tell for todays young generation. This movie can be watched for entertainment purpose and also for time pass.

    7.5/10
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