• R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jason Reitman
    In Theaters:
    Jan 20, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 3, 2006
  • Fox Searchlight


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Thank You For Smoking Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 7, 2006
Jessica Winter
Time Out
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Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 12, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Deliciously nasty, naughty satire.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 7, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 1, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 31, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Literate and smirky in its assault on liars and fools across the map.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

March 31, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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To Reitman's credit, the director does not allow Thank You for Smoking to take the turn we would expect.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Enjoyable not only because it shows the duplicity of spinning but because it allows its characters to revel in the joy they experience as contemporary con artists.

| Original Score: B+

March 31, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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The book had a fearlessness that the movie version so lacks.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 31, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A fun, smart film. But you can't help but wish Thank You would bare its fangs a little more.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

March 31, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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To watch the film is to feel the delicious discomfort of being seduced by a devilish charmer.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 30, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A smart-aleck satire with something on its mind is always welcome.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

March 30, 2006
David Denby
New Yorker
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Eckhart, in a sure-handed performance, holds the picture together.

March 28, 2006
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The story of Thank You for Smoking resides in that libertarian netherworld where the far left and the far right march shoulder to shoulder.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's a movie that isn't afraid to inhale, and to do so deeply.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Thank You for Smoking is a glib satire with a slick surface, lots of snappy patter and nothing to sell but its own cleverness.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[Jason] Reitman makes an amazingly confident feature debut. Thank You for Smoking is funny stuff.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 24, 2006
Simon Houpt
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 24, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Like its protagonist, the movie is smart, soulless, glib, and utterly charming -- just the thing to warm up a movie season that's been late to bloom.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2006
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

March 24, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here is a satire both savage and elegant, a dagger instead of a shotgun. Thank You for Smoking targets the pro-smoking lobby with a dark appreciation of human nature.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 23, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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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

March 23, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Besides being the best American comedy since The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Thank You For Smoking is the first film in a long time with a true gift of gab.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 23, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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What makes the movie curiously timely is its emphasis on the process of spin as opposed to the moral content of what is being spun.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 22, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Aaron Eckhart is so good in his performance. Everybody's terrific. The writing is funny. And the directing is top-notch.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 20, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Reitman makes shrewd choices condensing the book, removing conspiracy subplots and adding a story line about the relationship between Nick and his son, Joey (Cameron Bright).

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

March 17, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Despite many funny bits, Thank You for Smoking is ultimately too nice.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 17, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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One of the most entertaining riffs on American culture in years.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 17, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A very smart and funny movie.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Sleek, clever and cocky as its anti-heroic protagonist.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 17, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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That quirky and intelligent rarity that elicits wry smiles and hearty laughs alike.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 16, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Glibly funny and eager to please, the film version of Christopher Buckley's novel Thank You for Smoking is not unlike the down-and-dirty habit of its title.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

March 16, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Snarky and enjoyable, but it could have been a ferocious black comedy. No Thank You For Playing It Safe.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

March 16, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Filtered too heavily with moral redemption.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 16, 2006
Gene Seymour
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These days, if one has to settle for rueful laughs honestly earned, then one can do a whole lot worse than Thank You for Smoking.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[Thank You For Smoking is], for better and worse, as uniformly rolled as a machine-made Marlboro.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

March 15, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Thank You For Smoking has an unrelenting energy that never pauses for moral tongue-clucking.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

March 15, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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It's an under-flogged axiom of American business -- if only Jason Reitman's movie had more muscle in its whip arm.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 14, 2006
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Ethics never get in the way of the jokes. Both sides of the political fence will feel royally skewered.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 9, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Reitman spares no one in this enjoyably cynical, merciless comedy, which is often so funny, you don't have time to notice how utterly bleak it is, too.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2006
David Rooney
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An entertaining satire on contemporary morality that skewers corporate spin culture, political correctness and that most rhetorical of concepts in Bush's America, personal freedom.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The movie is amusing and clever but only skin deep.

September 12, 2005
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