Smokin' Aces (2007)



Critic Consensus: A violent mess of a movie, Smokin' Aces has some Quentin Tarantino's style but not much of his wit or humor.

Movie Info

When a shifty magician turns state's evidence against a Las Vegas underworld heavy, the high price placed on his head sparks a fevered race to rub the snitch out and collect a tidy paycheck in Narc director Joe Carnahan's dark action comedy. Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a small-time scammer who has somehow managed to get the goods on big-time mobster Primo Sparazza. Upon discovering that Buddy is about to deliver the evidence needed to get him thrown in jail for life, Primo takes out a … More

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Carnahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
Box Office: $35.6M
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as Buddy "Aces" Israel

as Jack Dupree

as Stanley Locke

as Georgia Sykes

as Donald Carruthers

as Richard Messner

as Pete Deeks

as Sharice Watters

as Darwin Tremor

as Hollis Elmore

as Rupert "Rip" Reed

as Pasquale Acosta

as Hugo Croop

as Primo Sparazza

as Morris Mecklen

as Lester Tremor

as Jeeves Tremor

as Victor Padiche

as Lazlo Soot

as Sir Ivy

as Himself

as The Swede

as Freeman Heller

as FBI Aide

as Top Coated Gunman

as Loretta Wyman

as Naked Prostitute

as Prostitute 1

as Pimply Casino Employ...

as Hotel Receptionist

as Gary The Security Gu...

as Security Member

as Security Member

as Warren

as CS Team Member

as Sheriff Badger

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Agent Baker

as FBI Agent 2

as Young Buddy

as Laverne

as FBI Agent 3

as Magician
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Critic Reviews for Smokin' Aces

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (40)

It wants to be a Tarantino-esque dark comedy about gun-slinging, substance-abusing lowlifes. But instead it's a convoluted, slap-happy, humorless bloodfest.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Not a fresh idea emerges from this risible exercise in muscle-car camerawork, squib-crazy shoot-outs and self-admiring pyrotechnics.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

A guilt-free return to the kind of stylish action thrillers that rely on strong characters just as much as they do carnage.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

The poor man's Guy Ritchie, which is sad since the poor man already has Guy Ritchie

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

The best Tarantino riff of 1994.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008

Could've been a classic belch of grindhouse-throwback foolishness if not for Carnahan's apparent need to take his story seriously after all.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Smokin' Aces



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Super Reviewer

Smokin' Aces is a fun, entertaining ride from start to finish. Effectively directed by Joe Carnahan, this is a smartly crafted and exciting picture that should please action buffs looking for a good two hours to kill. The film does have limitations, and the film's script does fall apart in some areas, and you clearly see that in some scenes. I think it's a great shame because this had the potential of being one of the most stunning action thrillers to come out in quite some time. However, the acting and directing are top-notch and it's what keeps you involved and the film does have some action packed scenes, which overcomes its flaws. Smokin' Aces had so much more potential, and though it falls short in some areas, the great cast keep it going and the action is pretty intense. If that's what you're looking for, then this is the perfect film for you. Despite its lacking moments, the script is peppered with sharp, humorous dialogue which elevates the film significantly. The flaws are there, but at least the characters are colorful and are interesting, and the plot is good for what it is, however it could have been done a bit better. Joe Carnahan is a good director, and he is able to craft a good, entertaining picture and that's what Smokin' Aces is, a flawed, but entertaining film that overcomes its imperfection due to a great cast, effective and well written dialogue that is pretty funny and more than makes up for its plot flaws. If you're looking for a good little time waster, Smokin' Aces manages to be just that, and if you can easily get past the lacking moments, you're sure to have fun with this one.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A big cast, lotsa wild characters, big, bang, boom, bust'em up shootouts all finally tied to duh script that pulls the rug out from under all the previously stated good points. Too bad. Jeremy Piven does do an excellent job though, stand out really, especially a beautiful "hope is all gone" take.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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