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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 sizable contract on Buddy that entices every two-bit thug, grizzled bounty hunter, deadly vixen, skilled assassin, and ladder-climbing Mafioso within a hundred-mile radius into taking a shot at the prize. Now holed up in his luxurious Lake Tahoe hideout with only two FBI agents (Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta) standing between him from a virtual army of money-hungry rogues, Buddy is about to find out just how far this motley crew of killers is willing to go in order to take him out and hit the jackpot. Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Andy Garcia, Alicia Keys, and Martin Henderson co-star in a bullet-strewn, ensemble crime comedy that never stops to reload. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Jeremy Piven
as Buddy "Aces" Israel
Ben Affleck
as Jack Dupree
Andy Garcia
as Stanley Locke
Alicia Keys
as Georgia Sykes
Ray Liotta
as Donald Carruthers
Ryan Reynolds
as Richard Messner
Peter Berg
as Pete Deeks
Taraji P. Henson
as Sharice Watters
Chris Pine
as Darwin Tremor
Martin Henderson
as Hollis Elmore
Jason Bateman
as Rupert "Rip" Reed
Nestor Carbonell
as Pasquale Acosta
Joel Edgerton
as Hugo Croop
Joseph Ruskin
as Primo Sparazza
Curtis Armstrong
as Morris Mecklen
Maury Sterling
as Lester Tremor
Kevin Durand
as Jeeves Tremor
David Proval
as Victor Padiche
Tommy Flanagan
as Lazlo Soot
as Sir Ivy
Wayne Newton
as Himself
Vladimir Kulich
as The Swede
Mike Falkow
as Freeman Heller
Joe Drago
as FBI Aide
Jeff Habberstad
as Top Coated Gunman
Davenia McFadden
as Loretta Wyman
Janet Edwards
as Naked Prostitute
Suzanne Stover
as Prostitute 1
Scott Halberstadt
as Pimply Casino Employ...
Lorna Scott
as Hotel Receptionist
Lonnie Moore
as Gary The Security Gu...
Steve Florian
as Security Member
Robert J. Weir
as Security Member
Zach Cumer
as Warren
Ken Rudulph
as CS Team Member
Michael Murphy
as Sheriff Badger
Stefanie Cruz
as Reporter
John Alston
as Reporter
Brian Bloom
as Agent Baker
Alfred Woodley
as FBI Agent 2
James Conkle
as Young Buddy
Clare Carey
as Laverne
Scott Bloom
as FBI Agent 3
Paul Wilson
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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