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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
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.
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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
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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
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+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A shattering and intense drama dealing with spirituality and sexual politics.
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
Stella Bruzzi
Sight and Sound
April 17, 2001
It is an immense, emotional, engrossing film that nevertheless wears its brilliance casually.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
One other factor makes Holy Smoke! persuasive to watch: Campion's sheer pleasure in image-making.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Winslet, who is rapidly taking the 'I Love Being Naked Onscreen' trophy away from Nicole Kidman, is as riveting as she has ever been, lending believability to every frame.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Winslet is the sort of actress who can rage at the heavens and reach for them at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
It's refreshing to see Winslet follow Titanic's phenomenal commercial success by returning to the edgy roles in smaller films that earned her recognition in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Holy Smoke is unusual and it's smart. Well, insofar as we can figure out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Jane Campion has been a favorite of mine for sometime with original, strong, and daring films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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