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Thank You For Smoking (2005)

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86

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 154 | Rotten: 25

Loaded with delightfully unscrupulous characters and and a witty, cynical script, Thank You For Smoking is a sharp satire with a brilliantly smarmy lead performance from Aaron Eckhart.

74

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 11

Loaded with delightfully unscrupulous characters and and a witty, cynical script, Thank You For Smoking is a sharp satire with a brilliantly smarmy lead performance from Aaron Eckhart.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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The directorial debut from Jason Reitman, the media satire Thank You for Smoking stars Aaron Eckhart as Nick, a man who has turned spinning news and information into a successful career for the tobacco lobby. He plots strategies with his colleagues (Maria Bello and David Koechner) on how to make other dangerous products more appealing to the American public. Nick ends up going to Hollywood with his young son (Cameron Bright) in order to get a movie producer to include characters smoking in his

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Drama, Comedy

Jason Reitman

Oct 3, 2006

$24.6M

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The picture is obviously a satire, but it has no sharpness, no sense of daring.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (3)
Salon.com
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Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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Even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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Deliciously nasty, naughty satire.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Reitman, still in his 20s, knows something that many more seasoned directors never figure out: how to make audiences laugh along with a film that's laughing at itself.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Literate and smirky in its assault on liars and fools across the map.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Curiously, the film's key drawback --its impassive resolution feels a little too slick -- is arguably indicative of the theme: no matter how much we may think we're peeling back the layers, all we arrive at is another façade.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Thank You For Smoking gets much of its juice from a superb Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

The joke fizzles

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Thank You For Smoking is an elegant satire, sneaky and subtle...

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comments (2)
BrandonFibbs.com

played so amiably that you barely notice how prickly its barbs are until they have dug right in.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Leave your preconceptions at the door, prepare for your favourite causes to be skewered, and enjoy. This is one fun movie.

July 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Reveling in politically incorrect humor, Reitman takes no prisoners in his debut feature that tackles everything from political hypocrisy to baby seals.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

The rare film that stays within itself, mocking its obvious targets with the cool insouciance of mentholated tobacco.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

... a real-life comedic drama that doesn't preach so much as it encourages you to think for yourself lest you be bamboozled like the rest of the flock.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

Thank You for Smoking scarcely seems able to recognize a character trait, let alone develop it.

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source: The Nation | Comments (3)
The Nation

The film clearly - and repeatedly - hammers home the point that in our culture, any viewpoint can be defended with the right tactics, regardless of truth or ethics.

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Una sátira inteligente, oportuna, ambigua y bien actuada, pero mucho menos graciosa y menos polémica de lo que prometía.

October 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

An acerbically funny satire, Thank You For Smoking offers no filters as it mercilessly puffs out moral controversy and political incorrectness. It's fast, witty and sharp, as the film lobbies for personal choice, hitting bulls-eyes in the underbellies of

August 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film shows its heart while shrewdly exposing the art of half-truth spinning and deflection.

August 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

This film about cigarettes is addictive as the substance and much more fun. It's hard to believe that you could have compassion for someone who shills for Big Tobacco.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The result is the hippest comedy of the year.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

There's enough bite in the dialogue and performances to provoke a hacking cough of approval, and the laugh-out-loud moments are many, not least in scenes featuring Rob Lowe's unctuous Hollywood agent.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Audience Reviews for Thank You For Smoking

Nick Naylor is possibly the most hated man in America; his job is basically to peddle poison to children. But it pays the mortgage...This extremely clever and insightful satire of today's climate of political spin is incredibly sharply written and has lots of laugh out loud moments as it deconstructs the methods used by PR men in the 21st century; even the "good guys" do not emerge unscathed as they are shown to use exactly the same tactics (see the hilarious scene when William H. Macy bemoans the quality of his TV "cancer kid"!). It may not have the flash and bangs of Lord Of War, but it has far more depth; in fact it reminded me more of an updated version of American Psycho. Instead of the hands on greed of the 80s satirised in that film, it shows how the immoral earn their corporate cash through hypocrisy and double talk these days rather than getting their "hands dirty". I couldn't help feeling that Jason Reitman got more carried away with making a political point and smart dialogue than dramatic momentum and so the plot lacked focus, but the cast are all superb and it contains witty and stylish visual and voice over cues in a similar vein to Fight Club and a great soundtrack. Very funny, very clever.
November 26, 2013
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Cleaver Thats the best way to describe this movie and the way Aaron Eckhart acts throughout the whole movie. Enjoy!
April 15, 2012
paul o.
paul oh

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Lying's not murder, is it ... and that's the popular wisdom, a thought that guides many existences, but in this flush comedy the lead proclaims, no, sneers that Genghis Khan's got nothing on him as he's the charming and suave mouthpiece for big tobacco. A quick, smart script and smooth direction round out this very enjoyable visit to the darkest of dark sides while admitting, with a smile, no wrongdoing.
April 10, 2012
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A piece of brilliantly black comedy with direction from the great Jason "Juno" Reitman is the comedy Thank you for smoking which has unfortunately been forgotten in more recent years. Reitman has always been a film maker about covering up stupid humour to look hilariously clever and smart and there literally isn't a better example than this movie. Also, with a tremendously likable cast and the unmistakable ring of truth in it's subtext, this hugely witty yet under rated film deserves a bit more credit than it gets and is a fun movie that's black humour isn't actually that stupid.
April 2, 2012
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    1. Nick Naylor: I don't have a MD or law degree. I have a bachelor's in kicking butt and taking names.
    – Submitted by Yoga L (17 months ago)
    1. Nick Naylor: That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong.
    – Submitted by Yoga L (17 months ago)
    1. Brad: Nick, your job and everything aside, I hope you understand that second hand smoke's a real killer.
    2. Nick Naylor: What are you talking about?
    3. Brad: I just hope you're providing a smoke-free environment for Joey is all I'm saying.
    4. Nick Naylor: Brad, I'm his father. You're the guy fucking his mom.
    5. Brad: That was unnecessary.
    – Submitted by Yoga L (17 months ago)
    1. Nick Naylor: I like a challenge. If you want an easy job, go work for the Red Cross.
    – Submitted by Lord Diego John Tutweiller o (18 months ago)
    1. Nick Naylor: Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk. Everyone has a talent.
    – Submitted by Victor M (21 months ago)
    1. Nick Naylor: If you argue right, you are never wrong!
    – Submitted by Prajeeb K (22 months ago)
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