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Death to Smoochy

Drama . Crime . Comedy . Thriller

Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph, the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's TV show, who is fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by squeaky-clean Smoochy, a puffy fuscia rhinoceros. As Smoochy catapults to fame - scoring hit ratings and the affections of a network executive - Randolph makes the unsuspecting rhino the target of his numerous outrageous attempts to exact revenge and reclaim his status as America's sweetheart.

Actors: Vincent Schiavelli , Harvey Fierstein , Michael Rispoli , Danny Woodburn , Pam Ferris , Jon Stewart , Danny DeVito , Edward Norton , Catherine Keener , Robin Williams
Directors: Danny DeVito
Country: UK , GERMANY , USA
Release: 2002-03-29
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  • David Sterritt

    If you're in the mood for razor-sharp satire, this is the most refreshingly outrageous movie of the season.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The spectacle is nothing short of refreshing.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Death to Smoochy is often very funny, but what's even more remarkable is the integrity of DeVito's misanthropic vision.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's good -- no, great -- to see Williams as a mean rat bastard.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    In general, parodies may not rely overmuch on plot, but they need more in this department than Death to Smoochy possesses.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Resnick has crafted an ambitious, if extremely uneven, character study.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    So off-the-wall that it may well ultimately acquire the cult status of Resnick's earlier Chris Elliot vehicle, "Cabin Boy."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Smoochy, like the cuddly character, tries to be loved and ends on an unrealistically upbeat note. But it's in better, wittier form just being vicious and biting.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Loren King

    The script boasts some tart TV-insider humor, but the film has not a trace of humanity or empathy.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Sporadically funny, twisted for sure, it risks becoming as repetitive and shrill as the kinds of programs it satirizes.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • William Arnold

    DeVito definitely has a gift for absurd black humor that kicks in here and there, but Adam Resnick's script is slavishly mean-spirited.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    Starts out as such a deliciously savage satire of TV kiddie shows that it's a shame it swerves out of control and over the top, sliding into tedium before pulling together for a clever, if protracted, finish.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Pushes its dark, smart, clever, cynical, satirical, nasty, provocative and sarcastic instincts to the point of heavily diminished returns -- to the point where the very amusing premise just isn't funny anymore.

    Variety Full Review
  • John Powers

    A broad, braying yuk fest that revels in coarse jokes, lacks the courage of its own cynicism (things keep wavering into sentimentality) and refuses to develop its own premise.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This black-comic assault on family entertainment is going to set a lot of teeth on edge -- If only his (De Vito's) material were better this time.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Death to Smoochy? Yes, please.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Williams, going full throttle as the desperate deposed kiddie icon Rainbow Ralph, is, well, simply exhausting.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Tells a moldy-oldie, not-nearly-as-nasty-as-it-thinks-it-is joke. Over and over again.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    A misfire of spectacular proportions.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    All noise with very little fun, and almost no restraint. Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    An aggressive black comedy that seeks to satisfy a bloodlust already quelled many times over.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It's so over the top, the top isn't even visible in the rear-view mirror.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Alex Nohe

    It is impossible to say whether the premise or its execution is more fatal in "Death to Smoochy." One would expect something greater out of the talents assembled.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    There are a few laughs, but I'm not sure that a comedy is supposed to make you recoil, which is what "Smoochy" does.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    DiVito turns actors like Robin Williams, Edward Norton, and Catherine Keener into nothing less horrific than giant Danny DeVitos.

    Slate Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    To make a film this awful, you have to have enormous ambition and confidence, and dream big dreams.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Hank Sartin

    It's hard to pinpoint where things go wrong.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Plays like a long TV sketch, but with an array of characters, themes, subplots and situations just clever enough to keep it moving, and to give cover to its underlying cynicism.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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