Bright Leaves Reviews

April 29, 2005
Ross McElwee ambles through one tobacco-related subject after another... it's too scattered all over the place to be truly informative.
November 30, 2004
The mysteries McElwee sets out to solve aren't very involving, and his meandering style, while charming first and literate, becomes repetitive and yes, even a little dull.
November 11, 2004
Soft and unhurried as the life in a small Carolina town, the film is likely to find some admirers because of that, if only among the most dedicated art-house set.
November 5, 2004
A weightless film. Worse still, McElwee's languid tone makes his journey lack conviction.
October 25, 2004
Opens tediously slow, but grows on you, reels you in, perhaps like smoking itself. "trance-like, seemingly suspending time." Then, like smoking, finds difficulty quitting.
October 14, 2004
McElwee plays a passive role, and his steady monotone keeps the viewer at an emotional distance from his personal issues.
September 24, 2004
You end up wishing it would amass into something more than the sum of its elements.
October 22, 2003
This is one subject for which the passion of Michael Moore would be more appropriate.