Holy Smoke Reviews

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February 28, 2002
[Keitel and Winslet] don't have much to work with.
January 9, 2002
A loopy contemporary comedy more reminiscent of [Jane Campion's] earlier film Sweetie.
December 10, 2001
Holy Smoke juggles elements of comedy and psycho-sexual drama in its very intense story.
April 17, 2001
It is an immense, emotional, engrossing film that nevertheless wears its brilliance casually.
February 27, 2001
Incoherent mess.
January 1, 2000
Although the cinematography by Dion Beebe is beautiful, and most of the performances click, Campion never really gets to the point of what she's trying to say. It's all too vague.
January 1, 2000
Holy Smoke is the ultimate demonstration that Campion isn't nearly as intelligent a director as she thinks she is.
January 1, 2000
But I didn't like "Piano" either.
January 1, 2000
The film is brutally uneven, but not without visual flare.
January 1, 2000
As Holy Smoke moves from its early mix of rapture and humor into this more serious, confrontational stage, it runs into trouble.
January 1, 2000
Its pretentiousness, incoherent story, and huge logic holes make a disjointed mess.
January 1, 2000
One other factor makes Holy Smoke! persuasive to watch: Campion's sheer pleasure in image-making.
January 1, 2000
Campion, who co-wrote the script with her sister Anna, appears to have spent so much time and energy creating Ruth that she didn't have anything left over for rest of the characters.
January 1, 2000
How perceptive it is, is questionable...
January 1, 2000
Holy Smoke! owes a lot to Winslet, both because of the way she looks and because of the emotional energy she brings to her work. Without Winslet, the film would be barely worth watching.
January 1, 2000
Here is a movie that promises to be a drama about two passionate people waging intellectual war on each other, but disintegrates into a bizarre mixture of Ticket to Heaven, Last Tango in Paris, Klute and Coneheads.
January 1, 2000
Despite the good performances and Campion's visual reach, her characters are too specific/eccentric to transcend their storyline and make us feel that there's something to be absorbed from the P.J.-Ruth imbroglio.
January 1, 2000
A dreadful mess.
January 1, 2000
This is the most splendid-looking film of the year.
January 1, 2000
Not all of the ensuing psychodrama works completely, but as ever, it's just so pleasant to see someone making a movie that's about something
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