Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Quite apart from wringing the last molecule of vividness from his freewheeling roster of loose cannons, he brings to his direction of Martin a finesse shared by only a few of the directors who have worked with the comedian-actor.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
A funny and constantly surprising exercise in comic tension.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A screwball film noir with a lot of medium laughs and a few great big ones,
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
One moment it's farcical comedy, the next it's gruesome melodrama. The movie never finds the right tone.
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USA Today

By 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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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
There are many things wrong with Novocaine, but the film's most gnawing pain is its clodhopper farfetchedness.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Starts out stylishly, and promisingly, but then coarsens into a silly parody of film noir.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The result is a performance that is neither funny nor empathetic, and the romance that develops between the dentist and the junkie patient is not strong enough to support the mystery.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Slack direction fails to touch a nerve. Martin was scarier and funnier extracting Bill Murray's molars without Novocaine in "Little Shop of Horrors." Now that was one crazy dentist.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Spins an unconvincing, miscast noir tale.
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45 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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