Death to Smoochy
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Randolph Smiley has it all--as star of the highest rated kid's show on TV, "Rainbow Randolph" has a penthouse, a Times Square billboard, cars, boats and all the indulgence that celebrity brings. Randolph also has an alcohol problem and a penchant for taking bribes from stage parents. These under-the-table transactions are quite lucrative until the Feds get wise. Busted and instantly reviled, Randolph is a star no more. Scandals don't play well to the under-8 demographic. Enter Sheldon Mopes and his alter ego "Smoochy," a puffy, fuscia rhinoceros. Eager to expand his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

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"A broad, braying yuk fest that revels in coarse jokes ... lacks the courage of its own cynicism ... and refuses to develop its own premise."
‑ John Powers, L.A. Weekly
"I'm sure that some country, maybe France or something, will hail this as a work of genius, because it is so incredibly awful."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Considering that it's meant to be a comedy about a TV children's show, DeVitto's picture is particularly irritating, nasty, and mean-spirited."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I giggled all the way through "Death to Smoochy." It wasn't that ha-ha giggle, it was that evil, kind of maniacal giggle."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"Director DeVito has referred to this film as 'a cross between Barney and Pulp Fiction.' He wishes."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A blacker than black comedy."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"[T]his is a movie that ought to have been a lot funnier... Death to Smoochy is a cry likely to be heard by ticketbuyers as well."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Comédia de humor negro com direção excessiva de DeVito, traz Edward Norton em um bom desempenho. É uma pena que o roteiro não tenha sido melhor aproveitado, já que este filme poderia ser mais interessante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's bizarre, wild, entertaining and deliciously dark. Death to Smoochy is a splendid parody as Danny DeVito revels in the darkness of the project and Robin Williams excels at the wild swings of madness the role demands. At times melodramatic, but always"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Death to Smoochy is often very funny, but what's even more remarkable is the integrity of DeVito's misanthropic vision."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"I was happy enough with it through most of it, but are we living in such insecure times that even dark, violent comedies now have to end on an up note?"
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Robin Williams' manic energy is put to perfect use in this amusing and twisted comedy."
‑ Andrew Manning, Radio Free Entertainment
"Suffers from the same problem as most of the shows it pokes fun at - it runs on for far too long . . . to maintain a firm hold on the attention span of it's intended audience."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"The premise is a comedy cliché."
‑ Alex Nohe, Film Threat
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