IFC Films | Release Date (Streaming): June 19, 2020
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MarakaiAug 19, 2020
There’s an abundance of rising talent emerging from Australia’s film scene at the moment and director Shannon Murphy can consider herself among this group. Her coming-of-age/family drama Babyteeth is yet another success from the antipodes andThere’s an abundance of rising talent emerging from Australia’s film scene at the moment and director Shannon Murphy can consider herself among this group. Her coming-of-age/family drama Babyteeth is yet another success from the antipodes and showcases a confident new voice in independent cinema. Generally, coming-of-age dramas don’t work for me but Murphy offers so much more here. There’s a lot of ambition in her approach and although a little more discipline is required when some scenes go on too long, for the most part this is a hugely involving and emotional drama that addresses some weighty issues, such as terminal illness, addiction and mental health. These issues are handled sensitively but also not without some well judged humour to lighten the load, as well as benefiting from four brilliantly committed performances: relative newcomers Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace excel as the youngsters coming to terms with the hands they’re dealt while experienced performers like The Babadook’s Essie Davis and, the always excellent, Ben Mendelsohn pick up the pieces as suffering parents with their own issues. A beautiful and emotionally resonant piece of work. Expand
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JLR91Jun 21, 2020
A stunningly original debut from director Shannon Murphy. Essie Davis gives an extraordinarily complex and layered performance.
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JLuis_001Sep 11, 2020
The combo of a teenager and a terminal illness.
To be honest that's already a pretty tiresome narrative resource and I actually started to see it with a tired expectation.
The mainstream side of the YA genre has already explored it quite a
The combo of a teenager and a terminal illness.
To be honest that's already a pretty tiresome narrative resource and I actually started to see it with a tired expectation.
The mainstream side of the YA genre has already explored it quite a bit, with more manipulative and sentimental results than truly emotional.

And while Babyteeth doesn't come to rediscover anything either, it's a story that feels more spontaneous.
The path is similar, the characters will learn, they will experience something different, they will grow and ultimately maybe it will cause a change. The topics are there, but Babyteeth manages to make them feel even if not innovative, more entertaining and satisfying.

Let's say Babyteeth is like The Fault in Our Stars but for viewers looking for more than just the perfect idyll.
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wheeelertronJan 31, 2021
This really threw me, a few misfires early on had me doubting but then suddenly and with magic it all came together and I was completely emotionally engaged and became locked-on to it's powerful message on non-judgement, subjectivity andThis really threw me, a few misfires early on had me doubting but then suddenly and with magic it all came together and I was completely emotionally engaged and became locked-on to it's powerful message on non-judgement, subjectivity and love, I understood everything, I laughed and I cried and I felt it Expand
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