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Coffee and Cigarettes Reviews

August 7, 2004
What unites everything is Jarmusch's playful, hang-dog absurdism.
July 23, 2004
A black-and-white novelty that plays like a directing-class exercise, you take your good with your bad with this one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 13, 2004
The film is a series of scenes, skits, episodes, that show two or sometimes three people smoking and sipping and conversing, usually in grungy places and usually improvising -- at least that's the intended impression.
June 3, 2004
A hit-or-miss movie.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 28, 2004
An irresistible idea results in a movie as hazy and sometimes as irritating as cigarette smoke.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 28, 2004
At least three of the spots make the hour and a half worthwhile through an addicting blend of hilarity and beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2004
Sometimes movies tire us by trying too relentlessly to pound us with their brilliance and energy. Here is a movie pitched at about the energy level of a coffee break.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2004
Though Coffee and Cigarettes provokes the occasional buzz, it is really just a respite from any serious business [Jarmusch] may have planned, or may be putting off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
The short form looks like a genuine alternative in Jarmusch's hands because of what he does with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2004
It has the sad, goofy charm of a silent comedy with Buster Keaton, a Jarmusch favorite, with passive-aggressive hits and flashes of barely contained antagonism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 27, 2004
Although this talky collection of black-and-white films from Jim Jarmusch ... has the potential to drive anyone into the lobby, it rewards those who are patient.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 27, 2004
Although it flat-lines repeatedly in episodes that feel like improvised acting exercises, the film is more than intermittently amusing and occasionally hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2004
The draggy ones make you restless while the best ones, like the movie's title ingredients, provide a buzz that doesn't last long enough.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 21, 2004
Myself, I loved it -- as much for the self-conscious banality and surreal pointlessness of its dialogue, which unravels over the course of 11 more or less unrelated vignettes, as for its austerely retro black-and-white photography.
May 21, 2004
Nearly all are almost painfully self-conscious as the actors strain for the hip brand of improvised spontaneity that is usually guaranteed by a Jarmusch production.
May 21, 2004
Jarmusch demonstrates once again why he is the sultan of strange encounters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2004
There are few things more boring than cool. Cool keeps to itself; cool doesn't reveal itself. For cool to be cool, it has to be part of a larger story. Here it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 21, 2004
Things pick up with the latter pieces, which were shot independently of any ongoing Jarmusch production and consequently feel less like outtakes, afterthoughts.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 21, 2004
Expect a map, and you'll be sorely disappointed. Work to make one, and you'll be happily addicted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 21, 2004
Jarmusch has aged into a hipster of a sly, vulnerable vintage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2004
It is way cool -- and funny -- in ways that more expensive comedies trying harder rarely are.
May 20, 2004
The film begins on a comparative high note with Roberto Benigni and Steven Wright as two good-natured screwballs, and it ends with a lyrically poignant epiphany with Bill Rice and the once-impish Taylor Mead.
May 17, 2004
Some of the conversations are beyond cryptic, and a few of the scenes drag a bit. But seven or eight of the 10 short films are as addictive as caffeine.
May 14, 2004
Feel so haphazardly conceived and slapped together that one wonders for whom this compilation was made.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 14, 2004
Despite glimmers of wit and a hipper-than-thou cast, it's painstakingly smug, and smaller than the sum of its parts.
May 14, 2004
Flat and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 14, 2004
In a world where even the independent filmmakers are all starting to look alike, it's a pleasure to welcome back the one-of-a-kind eccentricities of a true original.
May 14, 2004
A couple of the sketches in the middle drag lifelessly, but the best ones -- usually revolving around a sharp satire of celebrity -- buoy the whole.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2004
Nine of the shorts are instantly forgettable, two are wryly amusing and one is a knockout.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2004
Jarmusch has a great gift for playing actors against one another, for finding complementary eccentrics (Murray and RZA) and uncovering rare gems (Bill Rice and Taylor Mead in 'Champagne').
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 13, 2004
Jim Jarmusch's anthology of minor-key vignettes is a celebration of caffeine, nicotine and the indolent pleasure of sitting around and consuming them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 12, 2004
It's worth fidgeting through the mediocre stuff to get to three good pieces.
May 12, 2004
Jarmusch the sly formalist, it seems, has become a virtuoso of the interpersonal duet.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 11, 2004
Never more or less than what it appears to be, the film is a slow honky-tonk thud-beat, only intermittently punctuated by a joke or idea.
May 4, 2004
Most successful are the mini-comedies with a loose punchline, while others barely qualify as character sketches.
April 30, 2004
Sure, it's just two or three people bonding over the twin addictions of the title. But Jarmusch makes it a feast that plays like a haunting concept album.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2003
A consistently amusing collection of 10 black-and-white shorts shot over the past two decades.