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Australia · 2020
1h 58m
Director Shannon Murphy
Starring Eliza Scanlen, Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis, Toby Wallace
Genre Drama, Comedy

Milla, a terminally ill teenager, falls in love with an older drug dealer, Moses. Milla's father, a psychologist, and her mother are concerned but also encourage their daughter to enjoy the time she has left by inviting Moses to come live with the family.

Stream Babyteeth

What are people saying?

Hannah Benson Profile picture for Hannah Benson

Eliza Scanlen is great and I love Shannon Murphy's use of dance and music.

What are critics saying?


TheWrap by Ben Croll

Does it all work? Not quite, but you can’t fault a film for its ambition, least of all one that does manage to bring it all together for a deeply moving home stretch.


Slant Magazine by Chris Barsanti

It incorporates addiction, age-inappropriate romance, mental illness, and terminal disease into its plot without collapsing into a movie-of-the-week black hole.


The Playlist by Christina Newland

Given the subject matter, it’s difficult not to stray into mawkishness of some kind. But even with mistakes, the power of the main narrative is hard to erode.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Babyteeth is the kind of soft-hearted tearjerker that does everything in its power to rescue beauty from pain.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

The movie — like the performances of its small ensemble — works best when the director gets out of her own way, forgetting her aversion to clean, conventional narrative and giving the material breathing space to resonate.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Babyteeth works best as an abrasive four-hander, though Murphy’s limber, sensually electric direction leaves the film with little clear evidence of its theatrical origins.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Babyteeth is a funny, vibrant and deeply moving piece of work. Its flaws are the flaws of youth, overcompensating for boredom with frenetic hyperactivity.


Chicago Tribune by Katie Walsh

Murphy isn't afraid to play with color and light and text and music, or to let her characters dance like no one is watching, and often. That energy, embodied in the filmmaking and in the performances, is what puts this coming-of-age film into a class all its own.


The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

Like the ramshackle family it so fondly depicts, Babyteeth is not without its flaws but it does suggest a confident new voice in independent cinema.

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