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Coffee and Cigarettes Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
What unites everything is Jarmusch's playful, hang-dog absurdism.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 23, 2004
A black-and-white novelty that plays like a directing-class exercise, you take your good with your bad with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 13, 2004
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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 11, 2004
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 3, 2004
A hit-or-miss movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 28, 2004
An irresistible idea results in a movie as hazy and sometimes as irritating as cigarette smoke.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 28, 2004
At least three of the spots make the hour and a half worthwhile through an addicting blend of hilarity and beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 28, 2004
Sometimes movies tire us by trying too relentlessly to pound us with their brilliance and energy. Here is a movie pitched at about the energy level of a coffee break.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 28, 2004
Though Coffee and Cigarettes provokes the occasional buzz, it is really just a respite from any serious business [Jarmusch] may have planned, or may be putting off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 28, 2004
The short form looks like a genuine alternative in Jarmusch's hands because of what he does with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
May 27, 2004
It has the sad, goofy charm of a silent comedy with Buster Keaton, a Jarmusch favorite, with passive-aggressive hits and flashes of barely contained antagonism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 27, 2004
Although this talky collection of black-and-white films from Jim Jarmusch ... has the potential to drive anyone into the lobby, it rewards those who are patient.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 27, 2004
Although it flat-lines repeatedly in episodes that feel like improvised acting exercises, the film is more than intermittently amusing and occasionally hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 27, 2004
The draggy ones make you restless while the best ones, like the movie's title ingredients, provide a buzz that doesn't last long enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 21, 2004
Myself, I loved it -- as much for the self-conscious banality and surreal pointlessness of its dialogue, which unravels over the course of 11 more or less unrelated vignettes, as for its austerely retro black-and-white photography.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 21, 2004
Nearly all are almost painfully self-conscious as the actors strain for the hip brand of improvised spontaneity that is usually guaranteed by a Jarmusch production.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 21, 2004
Jarmusch demonstrates once again why he is the sultan of strange encounters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
May 21, 2004
There are few things more boring than cool. Cool keeps to itself; cool doesn't reveal itself. For cool to be cool, it has to be part of a larger story. Here it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2004
Things pick up with the latter pieces, which were shot independently of any ongoing Jarmusch production and consequently feel less like outtakes, afterthoughts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 21, 2004
Expect a map, and you'll be sorely disappointed. Work to make one, and you'll be happily addicted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 21, 2004
Jarmusch has aged into a hipster of a sly, vulnerable vintage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 20, 2004
It is way cool -- and funny -- in ways that more expensive comedies trying harder rarely are.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 20, 2004
The film begins on a comparative high note with Roberto Benigni and Steven Wright as two good-natured screwballs, and it ends with a lyrically poignant epiphany with Bill Rice and the once-impish Taylor Mead.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 17, 2004
Some of the conversations are beyond cryptic, and a few of the scenes drag a bit. But seven or eight of the 10 short films are as addictive as caffeine.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 14, 2004
Feel so haphazardly conceived and slapped together that one wonders for whom this compilation was made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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May 14, 2004
Despite glimmers of wit and a hipper-than-thou cast, it's painstakingly smug, and smaller than the sum of its parts.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2004
Flat and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 14, 2004
In a world where even the independent filmmakers are all starting to look alike, it's a pleasure to welcome back the one-of-a-kind eccentricities of a true original.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 14, 2004
A couple of the sketches in the middle drag lifelessly, but the best ones -- usually revolving around a sharp satire of celebrity -- buoy the whole.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 14, 2004
Nine of the shorts are instantly forgettable, two are wryly amusing and one is a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2004
Jarmusch has a great gift for playing actors against one another, for finding complementary eccentrics (Murray and RZA) and uncovering rare gems (Bill Rice and Taylor Mead in 'Champagne').
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 13, 2004
Jim Jarmusch's anthology of minor-key vignettes is a celebration of caffeine, nicotine and the indolent pleasure of sitting around and consuming them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2004
It's worth fidgeting through the mediocre stuff to get to three good pieces.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 12, 2004
Jarmusch the sly formalist, it seems, has become a virtuoso of the interpersonal duet.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 11, 2004
Never more or less than what it appears to be, the film is a slow honky-tonk thud-beat, only intermittently punctuated by a joke or idea.
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Deborah Young
Variety
May 4, 2004
Most successful are the mini-comedies with a loose punchline, while others barely qualify as character sketches.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 30, 2004
Sure, it's just two or three people bonding over the twin addictions of the title. But Jarmusch makes it a feast that plays like a haunting concept album.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 3, 2003
A consistently amusing collection of 10 black-and-white shorts shot over the past two decades.