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Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

tomatometer

64

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 43

Episodes vary in quality, but overall this talky film is quirkily engaging.

68

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 12

Episodes vary in quality, but overall this talky film is quirkily engaging.

audience

76

liked it
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 40,356

My Rating

Movie Info

A comic series of short vignettes build on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the '20s, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide--all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. As director Jim Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys and addictions of life can be, if truly observed.

Sep 21, 2004

$2.0M

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (43) | DVD (20)

What unites everything is Jarmusch's playful, hang-dog absurdism.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A black-and-white novelty that plays like a directing-class exercise, you take your good with your bad with this one.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The film is a series of scenes, skits, episodes, that show two or sometimes three people smoking and sipping and conversing, usually in grungy places and usually improvising -- at least that's the intended impression.

June 13, 2004
The New Republic
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A hit-or-miss movie.

June 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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An irresistible idea results in a movie as hazy and sometimes as irritating as cigarette smoke.

May 28, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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At least three of the spots make the hour and a half worthwhile through an addicting blend of hilarity and beauty.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Curious collection of shorts will bore most kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Independent filmmaking grandfather Jim Jarmusch conceives the laziest and most tiring movie of his career with a series of vignettes calculated around celebrities talking over coffee and cigarettes.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Jarmusch continues to be one of the most intriguing and compelling filmmakers of the age.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

...a brilliant examination of the nature of the modern encounter.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: www.kcactive.com

A little less than half of the film worked for me, which cannot justify a recommendation.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Between the wry trademark Jarmusch deadpan humor (and there is quite a bit of it) and the great cast, this one is worth a look, particularly for those already in the Jarmusch camp.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: GreenCine
GreenCine

Often gorgeous and poetic film.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

No matter how respected a celebrity is, watching him or her jabber about caffeine's stimulative power is not revealing.

December 17, 2004

Eleven smart breaks from everyday reality.

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Coffee and Cigarettes feels thin and slight at times.... But at its best, the movie achieves the charm and delight that underscores Jarmusch's best work

September 30, 2004

Arranged in short episodes, each composed entirely of awkward and embarassed conversation between midlevel celebs, Coffee and Cigarettes entertains fitfully.

September 26, 2004

Falls flat as often as it makes magic, the cumulative effect as comforting as a night spent at your coffee shop taking in humanity's endlessly colourful social exchanges.

September 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

there are some amazing standout performances (Cate Blanchett, Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan). Otherwise, it's just a bit of diverting fluff.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A caffeinated exercise in nonsequitur metaphysics...

September 13, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Coffee and Cigarettes will either entertain or madden you. Maybe both.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Embarrassingly lopsided between the evocative talents of its starry cast and crew members and the sheer banality of what Jarmusch has actually invited them to participate in.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

It's endearing, plotless and strange.

August 15, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Ordinary people don't generally go for Jarmusch's quirky films, and while this won't earn him a huge mainstream audience, it is accessible in a harmless, unpretentious way.

August 14, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The segments are uneven, some so wispy they all but evaporate off the screen, but the ones that work prove once again that Jarmusch is one of the most dryly amusing, smartest and original independent filmmakers around.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Coffee and Cigarettes

A compilation of short vignettes filmed between the mid-80s and 2003, this is Jim Jarmusch's stylish, lo-fi ode to casual conversation over and about the title vices.

Shot in crisp black and white, what we get are 11 short scenes featuring 2-3 celebrities in each that consist of them sitting around conversing about various topics while they partake in coffee and cigarettes (or, in a couple of cases, tea...but even then the talk is about coffee).

Some of the scenes are a bit dull, even boring, but thankfully the next one isn't too far off. It starts out a bit slow, but gets better and better as it goes on. I didn't like the Tom Waits and Iggy Pop segment as much as I thought I would, but I loved the Cate Blanchett, White Stripes, and Steve Coogan/Alfred Molina segments. The one with the Lees and Buscemi is good, too.

Even if some of the bits are a bit dull, at least the music throughout is consistently awesome. Some of this is really funny, and maybe even a bit profound at times even. Even if this is uneven, I am a big fan of what this film is about, as I have personally spent countless hours doing the same stuff as the people featured here. I think that's why I wanted to see this to begin with, since that was before I became a confirmed fan of Jarmusch.

All in all, this is a relaxed, cool, and unique little piece of work. My score is admittedly based somewhat on my bias, but that shouldn't deter you from checking this out for yourself.
August 19, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

In the same vein as Night On Earth this collection has some great scenes. Especially one with Bill Murray and the Wu-Tang Clan.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Casual as a coffee break and boasting Jarmusch's usual offbeat humor, this unpretentious collection of black-and-white vignettes is curiously entertaining and sometimes even hilarious. It flows by from one chat to another while celebs savor their java and smoke.
August 4, 2011
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

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