Theodore Rex is a 1995 buddy cop science-fiction family film written and directed by Jonathan Betuel and starring Whoopi Goldberg.
The film was panned by critics, and saw Whoopi Goldberg being nominated for Worst Actress at the 1996 Golden Raspberry Awards. It is the first, and so far only, direct-to-video movie to receive any sort of Razzie nomination.
In a world where humans co-exist with anthropomorphic dinosaurs, detective Katie Coltrane (Whoopi Goldberg) is paired with a good-natured Tyrannosaurus named Theodore "Teddy" Rex to find who is behind the killings of several dinosaurs.
Why It Sucks
- It has a stupid premise.
- Lousy animatronics that seems to copy the character of Dinosaurs
- Complicated story.
- Bad editing. There's a scene with Goldberg talking to a scientist and Teddy fighting thugs that constantly go back and forth from each other.
- Awkward acting (Whoopi Goldberg does look like she's trying but she can't pull it off).
- Weak running jokes (which involves Teddy constantly knocking things over with his tail, and Teddy's appetite for cookies).
- Whoopi Goldberg attempted to back out of this movie.
- Generally talented actor Richard Roundtree, who played Shaft, makes a pointless appearance.
- The film may be considered a turning point in Whoopi's career, as she would mostly go straight to TV or video in later years.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- There are many heartwarming moments.
- The film was intended to be released in theaters, but instead it went to direct-to-video as if the filmmakers knew no one would go see it.
- This, along with Ghosts Can't Do It, are the only direct-to-video films to receive a Razzie nomination.
Theodore Rex was panned by critics and audiences. Super Reviewer Luke Baldock called it "a horrific mess of a movie. It starts with an opening crawl and narration that tells us 'Once upon a time in the future...' already it's losing me." The film holds a "Weighted Average" vote of 2.4/10 on IMDb.