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Novocaine Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Starts out stylishly, and promisingly, but then coarsens into a silly parody of film noir.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    There are many things wrong with Novocaine, but the film's most gnawing pain is its clodhopper farfetchedness.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    With Bonham Carter's been-there, done-that performance and a plot that spins out of control, we end up with a movie that you can't quite sink your teeth into.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A screwball film noir with a lot of medium laughs and a few great big ones,

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

This dark, stylish tale isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie features graphic violence, murder, drug abuse, drug dealing, and sexual situations, including incest and betrayal. Characters use very strong language.

  • Families can talk about how people can feel suffocated by doing everything "right." Why was Frank so fascinated by Susan? Why did he put up with Harlan? What did he really think of Jean? Why was it so hard for him to understand what he wanted? What do you think the author was trying to tell us with the names of the characters, like Jean Noble and Susan Ivy and Frank?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Intense, graphic violence.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, including implied incest.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug-dealer and addict characters.