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Cocaine Bear

also known as “Crazy Bear,” “Çıldırmış Ayı,” “Cocainorso,” “Kokaīna lācis,” “Kokainmedve,” “Kokaino lokys,” “Kokainowy miś,” “Kokainski medvjed,” “Medved na kokainu,” “Medvěd na koksu,” See more »
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for bloody violence and gore, drug content and language throughout.
Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Dark-Comedy Crime Thriller
Length:
1 hr. 35 min.
Year of Release:
2023
USA Release:
February 24, 2023 (wide release—3,534 theaters)
DVD: April 18, 2023
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Featuring Keri RussellSari
Ray LiottaSyd
Alden EhrenreichEddie
O'Shea Jackson Jr.Daveed
Matthew RhysThornton
Margo MartindaleRanger Liz
Kahyun KimBeth
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Director Elizabeth Banks
Producer Universal Pictures
Brownstone Productions
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“Gory, foul-language horror comedy”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “After unintentionally ingesting a duffel bag full of cocaine, an American black bear goes on a murderous rampage in a small Georgia town where a group of locals and tourists (an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists, and teens) must join forces in order to survive the attack.”


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Secular Movie Critics
…CGI-heavy, woefully unfunny black-comic caper… this asinine ursine romp is a Class A disappointment… [1/5]
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph [UK]
…“Cocaine Bear” is a movie that will appeal mostly to people who think it’s hilarious to get their dog stoned. If you’re someone who loves to sit on an old couch with a bong between your legs, crying with laughter as your dog bangs into furniture, “Cocaine Bear” might be your “Citizen Kane.”…
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
…throwing a variety of hapless characters in the mix and arming them mostly with indifferent comedy in the face of some truly gnarly violence. …I was impressed with how gleefully gross Banks gets at times, dropping severed limbs from the sky and strewing plenty of intestines on the ground. …
David Sims, The Atlantic
…The filmmakers are also clearly trying their hand at satire, but ham-fistedly. Set during the Reagan-era “Just Say No” period, “Cocaine Bear” hopes to remark on the demonization of drugs and it also seems to have something to say about how humans misunderstand the balance of nature. Neither work. …
Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press
…Dumber than the average bear… “Cocaine Bear” suggests a feature-length expansion of an SNL digital short. …“Cocaine Bear” starts running on fumes almost immediately and peters out before the second brick of cocaine is even devoured. …
Paul Attard, Slant Magazine
…The title is by far the most noteworthy element of this lumpy horror-comedy. …
Kyle Smith, The Wall Street Journal
…Ultraviolence is a funny thing, unless it’s not: Here, watching Martindale’s ranger character getting her face ripped off while being dragged along a gravel road isn’t a sight gag, and it isn’t an effective shock bit. It’s just sour. …
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…The extent to which the film fails to deliver on the B-movie promise of its title is staggering and, given the high-quality cast and crafts people stooping to concur on behalf of the film’s high-wire and harebrained premise, it is borderline tragic. …
Oliver Jones, Observer (NYC)
…suffers from moments of cartoonish CGI. …
Jamie Graham, Total Film
…It's all patently ridiculous, and even at 95 minutes, a stretch to call this loose cannonball of high camp and sticky-bright gore a movie. …
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
…It’s not unhinged enough to qualify as full-blown parody, and not smart enough to be called satire. …
Jude Dry, IndieWire