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Smokin' Aces (2007)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 110

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


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 33

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



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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Apr 17, 2007


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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.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Not a fresh idea emerges from this risible exercise in muscle-car camerawork, squib-crazy shoot-outs and self-admiring pyrotechnics.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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We just sit there numbly, awaiting the next sensation and trying, without notable success, to comprehend the preposterous backstory.

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Violence is spread throughout the film, and some of it is entertaining, I have to admit. But the climax at Buddy's Tahoe penthouse is Tarantino on speed.

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Did Carnahan think these sickening scenes would give Smokin' Aces a moral complexity that's generally absent from this genre? I think they make the picture seem even more morally bankrupt.

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Smokin Aces is a Viagra suppository for compulsive action fetishists and a movie that may not only be dumb in itself, but also the cause of dumbness in others.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (6)
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A guilt-free return to the kind of stylish action thrillers that rely on strong characters just as much as they do carnage.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)

The best Tarantino riff of 1994.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source:

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

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

A great ensemble cast, along with excellent direction makes this a gem worth the watch...

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Smokin' Aces isn't the most original endeavor, but it has enough wit, action and dramatic weight to carve out its own rightful place of honor in the crime film genre.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

An uneven, overly stylized mess that wants to recall Quentin Tarantino, but which only mines the glitz, not the depth or the sharpness of Tarantino's dialogue.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's flashy and feels hip, but I wonder if it's all just a smokescreen much like the one in the film's plot.

April 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

It's instantly engrossing, stays great for about 45 minutes and good for another 20, then begins collapsing under the oppressive weight of taking itself very, very seriously.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) | Comment (1)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

It's never boring for a minute, and it's a ridiculous, fun waste of time.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source:

The biggest and most unfortunate problem with Smokin' Aces is the complete lack of anyone to root for or even against.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO | Comment (1)

does little more than ape some vague Quentin Tarantino/Guy Ritchie cinematic style

March 7, 2007 Full Review

A list of players doesn't quite indicate the pile-on of firepower that will converge for the final showdown, or the convolutions of plot that draw everyone to the same location.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Will you enjoy Smokin' Aces? That depends on your acceptance of the following: several pages worth of four letter words; huge bloody body counts; and nudity that is nothing more than set decoration. That's a call you will have to make for yourself.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Comments (2)
Entertainment Spectrum

Trying too hard is the death of cool in any genre -- especially a dead one -- and Smokin' Aces has all the sophisticated plotting of a splatter-happy video game.

February 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeler

Every criminal has to have a quirk. That guy's a cross-dresser. He's a master of disguise. They're Nazis. She's a lesbian... Ridiculous cretins like these will make you long for the thoughtful characterizations of Boss Hogg and Sheriff Roscoe.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

Repellant for reasons that would take a week to list, but the biggest one is that it tries to revive a film movement that not only should stay buried, but should not have lived in the first place.

February 8, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

It wants to be so many things at once that it never truly finds its focus, and yet it manages to be quite a blast anyway.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source:

Frenetic to the point of assaultive, Smokin' Aces resembles nothing so much as last year's Lucky Number Slevin, except with even more plot reversals, most of which don't hold up under scrutiny.

February 5, 2007
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Smokin' Aces

October 17, 2013
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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.
December 5, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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.
November 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

Totally ridiculous fun! Sure it's a total Tarantino/Guy Ritchie knock-off, but I highly enjoy it for what it's main intention is: over-the-top characters, excessive violence and very funny!
January 28, 2012
Tyler Christian

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