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Thank You For Smoking (2006)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 257,085


Movie Info

Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and enlisting a Hollywood super-agent to promote smoking in movies. Nick's newfound notoriety attracts the attention of both tobacco's … More

R (for language and some sexual content.)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jason Reitman
In Theaters:
Oct 3, 2006
Box Office:
Fox Searchlight - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Thank You For Smoking

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (154) | Rotten (25) | DVD (31)

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

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Top Critic

Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Deliciously nasty, naughty satire.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Literate and smirky in its assault on liars and fools across the map.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
Film and Felt

The joke fizzles

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

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

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Eye for Film

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

Full Review… | July 17, 2007
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2007

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
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.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

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

Full Review… | October 26, 2006
Uruguay Total

click for full review [Greek]

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
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

Full Review… | August 16, 2006
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | August 14, 2006
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.

Full Review… | July 20, 2006
Cinema Sight

The result is the hippest comedy of the year.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Cleaver Thats the best way to describe this movie and the way Aaron Eckhart acts throughout the whole movie. Enjoy!

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer



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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Thank You For Smoking Quotes

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 (22 months ago)
Nick Naylor: That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong.
– Submitted by Yoga L (22 months ago)
Brad: Nick, your job and everything aside, I hope you understand that second hand smoke's a real killer. Nick Naylor: What are you talking about? Brad: I just hope you're providing a smoke-free environment for Joey is all I'm saying. Nick Naylor: Brad, I'm his father. You're the guy fucking his mom. Brad: That was unnecessary.
– Submitted by Yoga L (22 months ago)
Nick Naylor: I like a challenge. If you want an easy job, go work for the Red Cross.
– Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (24 months ago)
Nick Naylor: Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk. Everyone has a talent.
– Submitted by Victor M (2 years ago)
Nick Naylor: If you argue right, you are never wrong!
– Submitted by Prajeeb K (2 years ago)

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