Holy Smoke Reviews

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November 13, 2013
...a sexual awakening of sorts for both of its characters.
September 22, 2012
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.
August 27, 2009
A profoundly generous treatise on how men and women misunderstand and torment one another.
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.
September 17, 2007
Jane Campion is busily dismantling gender myths that few people take seriously any more.
April 27, 2007
Ms. Winslet is, by contrast, champagne and caviar for moviegoing grown-ups with good taste.
June 24, 2006
It's brave, adventurous, refreshingly frank -- qualities also marking the performances, particularly those of the leads.
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...
May 14, 2003
December 12, 2002
Behind the philosophical smoke burns a genuine comedic fire.
December 8, 2002
Filmmaker Jane Campion has displayed genius, passion, insight, and self-indulgence in her work. Now, she reveals a sense of humor.
October 15, 2002
[A] blithering mess of a story.
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.
June 18, 2002
April 5, 2002
Nice try, but there's not a laugh in sight.
April 3, 2002
A funny, insightful film whose feminist undertones don't overwhelm the story and characters.
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.
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."
March 4, 2002
A shattering and intense drama dealing with spirituality and sexual politics.
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