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Nicotina (2004)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 8

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Set in a sleepy town in Mexico during the course of one day, the tale of Lolo--a computer nerd, ensnared in a diamond heist. When he is caught spying on his attractive neighbor Andrea a chain of events unravel leading to chaos and bloodshed.

Dec 31, 2007


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A frantic crime thriller that never transcends its influences to arrive anywhere interesting.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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It feels lightweight and forgettable.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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I suppose Nicotina is a gimmick film, but it's brought off with such verve it's great fun.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Skitters between dull and forced, this despite the use of split screens, jaunty music and the personable Luna.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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While obviously not a unique or uniquely satisfying experience, the film still does the job in a pinch, and looks cool doing it.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Rodríguez keeps the story moving with multiple images, quick zooms and other editing tricks that serve as reminders that Nicotina is not to be taken seriously.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Will have to settle for being known as the Mexican 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The blunt attempts at dark humor merely underscore the film's cynicism...

October 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

More like a brisk television pilot for the F/X network (and looking a bit like it, too) than a film -- albeit a pilot for a really, really cool show.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Nicotina feels so comfortably middle-of-the-road...that it makes us ponder the purpose of its very existence and makes the task of reviewing it an absolute redundancy.

September 30, 2004

Clever and entertaining.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

[A] loud, engagingly frenetic black comedy...

September 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

After taking way too long to spark its many subplots, "Nicotina" smolders into an addictive romp that is at turns lightweight and grisly

September 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

At long last, derivative, ironic Tarantino-esque crime films have made their way to Mexico to mine territory bereft of any fresh material!

August 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

The only similarity it bears to the work of Quentin Tarantino is in its propensity for shooting main characters in the head.

August 23, 2004 Full Review Source:

We thankfully seem to have exhausted our Tarantino imitators up here, but apparently they're still at work south of the border.

August 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Hugely entertaining Mexican crime comedy.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Director Hugo Rodriguez and writer Martin Salinas must have thought they were on a post-Tarantino edge. Their only edge is the razor slicing open the hoodlum.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Nicotina

Reminded me of Tarantino, in a good way. Overall I thought it was okay.
March 3, 2010

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Funny dark comedy from Mexico with unexpected situations.
March 4, 2009
John Me

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Another film I watched simply because Diego Luna is in it - and I'm glad I did. A brilliant script that interweaves through several people who's whole lives change through a series of unbelievable coincidences and with the underlying 'anti-smoking' message subtly taking place. Witty, thoughtful and shocking sometimes, this is a highly recommended film. Don't be put off just because it's Spanish.
October 4, 2007

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