Romance & Cigarettes wears thin, like a moral for the titular addiction: Sure, there's the sweet dream of that first drag, but a whole pack'll do a body bad.
| Original Score: 2/5
When it succeeds, it soars with great abandon, and when it fails, it fails so grandly that we still want to applaud it. This is a madhouse of a movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
It shouldn't work, but there's something beautiful in Turturro's non-judgmental, almost affectionate, exposure of human love as the courting dance of clueless primates
| Original Score: A-
In a season seasoned with off-beat originality in the movies, from Lars and the Real Girl to I'm Not There, you still have not seen anything quite like John Turturro's extraordinary Romance and Cigarettes.
The film has an overall tonal inconsistency and suffers from the occasional bout of tin-ear-itis, which ultimately derails this sometimes interesting attempt at reinvigorating the genre.
| Original Score: 58/100
...you have not lived till you've seen Walken belt out a Tom Jones tune.
It takes us on a unique, passionately committed journey.
| Original Score: 3/4
How weird is John Turturro's Romance & Cigarettes? Almost indescribably weird, though also strangely involving.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Turturro has crafted a truly unique American musical worthy of the Coen brothers' executive producer credits.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Romance and Cigarettes is a dark-red valentine to the way that pop music gets under our skin.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
One of the most inventive, surprising and challenging American films of 2005. Pity that it's 2007.
| Original Score: 9/10
A step away from Springtime for Hitler -- a classic awful.
| Original Score: D
I found myself smiling with bafflement for most of the film, mostly enjoying the unorthodoxy of the whole thing.
| Original Score: B
An ambitious experiment, it's not entirely successful, but it's easy to admire.
Romance and Cigarettes is a clever idea, poorly executed.
A cheerfully bizarre delight for anyone open to its decidedly off-beat charms.
| Original Score: 5/5
It is not every musical that features lung cancer and James Gandolfini singing along with Engelbert Humperdinck to that every-day-I-wake-up 1960s standard 'A Man Without Love.'
While it looks like it was great fun to film, it's regrettably little fun to watch.
This singing-along-to-the-radio effect has a dingy charm that honors the blue-collar Italian setting, yet Turturro spoils it by turning the movie into a hip star party.
Any film that features an entrance by Christopher Walken strutting down a driveway to Elvis Presley's Trouble merits attention.