Novocaine (2001)

In this darkly comic film noir from writer/director David Atkins, Steve Martin revisits dentistry -- an occupation he'd explored 15 years prior, in the camp musical Little Shop of Horrors. Novocaine casts Martin as a much more… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 16, 2001
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The quirky Novocaine flirts with both dark comedy and noir suspense, but the result is a jarring mix of tones which never quite mesh.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The casting is peculiar, the tone is off, the plot is uninteresting and the ending is sorry.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

A coarse, witless and stunningly violent black comedy.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This dark, stylish tale isn't for kids.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Plays like the sort of silly shared fantasy that a group of dental students might come up with late one night, after too much coffee and cramming for finals.

Stephanie Zacharek

Atkins never finds the right tone for Novocaine. It's not dark enough to be either viciously funny or unsettling.

Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

It is entertaining enough to arouse imagination of post-Tarantino audience.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This movie was not effective.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Prejudicado por um roteiro previsível e que jamais opta por um gênero claro, o filme traz uma ótima atuação de Steve Martin, que deveria fazer mais filmes "sérios".

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Martin took a chance in being in this little known, little seen, conspiracy thriller. It has an interesting concept and the plot is definitely worth following,… More
Dann Michalski
Odd but strangely alluring, Novocaine is a suspenseful back comedy. After being seduced by a femme fatale, Dr. Frank Sangster finds himself caught up in a web… More
Cassandra Maples
This has been a quite entertaining movie. Not really a top notch movie, not really working as a comedy, but still pretty entertaining. It started out veeery… More
Jesse Ortega
This movie didn't really do a lot for me as I found the execution of the concept to be more than lacking. The film tries to mix dark comedy with a noir… More
Lanning : )
While I'm not going to say I'd defend this movie to the death, I will say that if you like Steve Martin, you might be willing to see everything he… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
My all time favorite movie...Come to think of it... being that I love my dentist so much...I am going to get him and his assistants a copy! LOL See it to… More