Thank You for Smoking Reviews

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James Berardinelli
March 14, 2006
Despite its many strengths, Thank You for Smoking hovers around mediocrity, and its lasting impression is like a puff of smoke that is dissipated by a strong gust of wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
The joke fizzles
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2005
The movie is amusing and clever but only skin deep.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 13, 2006
Tediously subscribes to a cover-your-*** school of social comedy in which everyone and everything prove fair game for ridicule.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
March 24, 2006
I found it incredibly challenging to get excited about Reitman's vision, especially when his satiric targets are exceedingly stale, toothless, and some way too cutesy for a film that looks to draw blood.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 21, 2006
Thank You for Smoking tries very hard but fails to succeed in creating a biting satire.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 15, 2006
In the end, all the pic has left to peddle is its own amoral cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 14, 2006
It's an under-flogged axiom of American business -- if only Jason Reitman's movie had more muscle in its whip arm.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 16, 2006
Filtered too heavily with moral redemption.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 23, 2006
Thank You For Smoking, the low-tar adaptation of Christopher Buckley's satirical novel, never feels as if it's been fully absorbed by the screen.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 31, 2006
In the end, Nick and the world in which he traffics ends up a comic interpretation of a serious situation, and while the amoral ambiguity of the entire film is intriguing for a while, in the end you realize this patient has no pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat
February 28, 2006
Reitman is at his best when observing the state of debate in modern politics. He also gives the film a peppy, professional sheen. But he still has a lot to learn about storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Simon Houpt
Globe and Mail
March 24, 2006
We know that cigarettes are dangerous for our health. The surprise is that, with a movie supposedly about freedom of thought, too much thinking can be dangerous for our superficial enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 30, 2006
If anyone tries to tell you that Thank You for Smoking is a scorching satire of Big Tobacco, just tell them, well, that they're blowing smoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
October 26, 2006
Una sátira inteligente, oportuna, ambigua y bien actuada, pero mucho menos graciosa y menos polémica de lo que prometía.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 31, 2006
The book had a fearlessness that the movie version so lacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Fienberg
March 17, 2006
I'm not ready to celebrate a filmmaker with the 'audacity' to say there's hypocrisy in American social discourse. Does it take daring to cut down these not-so-sacred cows?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
March 24, 2006
...indulges in the sort of relentless cynicism that is only born of defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 16, 2006
...only occasionally amusing, despite a solid performance from Eckhart.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
March 17, 2006
A superficial satire of spin-doctoring and political correctness that is spottily amusing but ultimately about as satisfying as a nicotine patch for a chronic smoker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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March 25, 2006
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April 1, 2006

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August 18, 2006
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