Smokin' Aces Reviews

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Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 4, 2007

There is a little bit of something for everyone in this one. .

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
February 3, 2007

...by the time the guns start blazing, ...the body count (and the surprise order) really hits home; you actually give a crap whether these people die or not.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
Top Critic
February 3, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 3, 2007

The talented ensemble cast and Carnahan's slick, colourful direction ensure that Smokin' Aces remains an enjoyable and engaging thriller, though the violence may be a bit too strong for some.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 3, 2007

If you like blood, this is a film for you, but otherwise, it's not nearly funny or gory enough to satisfy. Fugeddaboutit.

| Original Score: 2.3/5
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
February 3, 2007

Half the time the movie wants to be balls-out weird, and it is. But the other half -- the half with the good guys -- is plodding procedural fare.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 3, 2007

There are a few moments of striking visuals along with Mauro Fiore's generic Vegas cinematography, but nothing that can't be done about as well in a video game.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 3, 2007

All of it is preposterous, stretching plausibility until it breaks, with final-act explanations -- such as why someone as low-rent as Buddy Israel would be welcomed into the mob in the first place -- only leading to more absurdity.

| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
February 2, 2007

The movie's shrill posturing precludes fun. It's combo heartless and brainless.

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 1, 2007

I defy anyone to understand what is going on in the first half hour of Smokin' Aces...the film has a jumpy, edgy feel, which works to its benefit. But the script is just a muddle with its plot deeply buried in a thunderstorm of blood and violence

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 1, 2007

An alternately tedious and ridiculously violent nihilistic screed trying to pass itself off as hip entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
January 31, 2007

We just sit there numbly, awaiting the next sensation and trying, without notable success, to comprehend the preposterous backstory.

Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
January 30, 2007

The worst movie of 1998.

Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
January 30, 2007

A downright miserable experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic
January 30, 2007

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
January 30, 2007

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.

Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 30, 2007

Somewhere in Joe Carnahan's SMOKIN' ACES there is a really good film trying desperately to get out. Several actually. And therein lays the problem.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
January 30, 2007

Had Carnahan stuck more with the antics of his rogues' gallery and spent less time with the predictable FBI story, he'd have ended up with a work of glorious depravity.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
January 29, 2007

Violent, over-the-top and in-your-face come "Smokin' Aces," A fasterthanthis adults-only crime spree.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
January 29, 2007

Here's the deal, Alicia Keys stays out of the theater and Ray Liotta stays off the pop charts. Deal?

| Original Score: D
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