200 Cigarettes (1999)

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Critic Consensus: A clumsy and scattered comedy with a poorly executed script.

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A comedy set in New York's East Village on New Year's Eve 1981, "200 Cigarettes" follows various young couples and friends whose lives will intersect at a party that night in a downtown loft. Anyone who has been on the town the last night of the year knows the familiar feelings: sentimental recollections, uncertainty about the future and fear that time is running out are mingled with the excitement of a cold winter night and the anticipation of a new love when the clock strikes 12. In "200 Cigarettes," the evening's magic pushes each character to share a secret or create a pact, rush toward calamity or run from danger, break up or hook up. But by evening's end, the characters will have one thing in common: all will be revealed in the clear light of the morning after.

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Critic Reviews for 200 Cigarettes

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (20)

There's no sign of the writerly derring-do that is really essential to daisy-chain storytelling.

Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Hit-and-mostly-miss retro comedy.

May 11, 2001

A light comedy, pure and simple (and hardly unfamiliar), but its makers sustain its energy through the unraveling of an intricate plot and bring to it a certain edge through a witty, sharp sense of observation.

Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You should be able to quash this one with no cravings to ever pick it up again.

Jan 1, 2000

This movie isn't merely disrespectful; it's contemptuous.

Jan 1, 2000

A twentysomething comedy with a brain-dead script, unflattering lighting and 16 performers in search of a scriptwriter.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 200 Cigarettes

A stupid and misguided comedy that has many funny moments but whose characters are empty and only follow the needs of a lame script - which also has no organic reason to be set in 1981 other than to be packed with 200 songs from back then.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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This is my New Years movie! Like folks watch A Christmas Story or The Grinch for Christmas.... this is New Years for me!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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three stars....

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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½

Misadventures of an interesting set of characters in New York on New Year's Eve. Great 80's atmosphere and music. Fun stuff. I enjoyed it.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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