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Holy Smoke Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
November 13, 2013
...a sexual awakening of sorts for both of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2012
All sorts of questions go unanswered, and there's little of the density found in Campion's early work; this is mainly smoke, not fire.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 27, 2009
A profoundly generous treatise on how men and women misunderstand and torment one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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David Rooney
Variety
June 17, 2008
Original in every sense, this often difficult film about family, relationships, sexual politics, spiritual questing, faith and obsession further explores the director's abiding fascinations in excitingly unconventional terms.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 17, 2007
Jane Campion is busily dismantling gender myths that few people take seriously any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Ms. Winslet is, by contrast, champagne and caviar for moviegoing grown-ups with good taste.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's brave, adventurous, refreshingly frank -- qualities also marking the performances, particularly those of the leads.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
It's too bad that such an artist of such obvious ambition and power seems inclined to dismiss the greater part of humanity...
| Original Score: B-
Trevor Lewis
Empire Magazine
December 12, 2002
Behind the philosophical smoke burns a genuine comedic fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Filmmaker Jane Campion has displayed genius, passion, insight, and self-indulgence in her work. Now, she reveals a sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
[A] blithering mess of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
At once hilarious and serious, cruel and tender, and bristling with vitality, Holy Smoke is the right movie for the millennium, envisioning new possibilities in the way people view and relate to one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
Nice try, but there's not a laugh in sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
A funny, insightful film whose feminist undertones don't overwhelm the story and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Not to beat a metaphor to death, but since hitting a high note with The Piano, Jane Campion's career has gone off-key.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 8, 2002
The film's only moments of electricity come in its first ten minutes, as its two stars are introduced to strains of Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy" and "I Am, I Said."
Full Review | Original Score: short
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A shattering and intense drama dealing with spirituality and sexual politics.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
[Keitel and Winslet] don't have much to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
A loopy contemporary comedy more reminiscent of [Jane Campion's] earlier film Sweetie.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Holy Smoke juggles elements of comedy and psycho-sexual drama in its very intense story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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