Holy Smoke Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Aimless and unfocused.
January 1, 2000
Filled with flashy sight gags, overwrought performances, and madly overlapping dialogue.
January 1, 2000
A smaller picture like this, shot out of the mainstream, has a better chance of being quirky and original. And quirky it is, even if not successful. Maybe it's the setup that threw me off.
January 1, 2000
Winslet is the sort of actress who can rage at the heavens and reach for them at the same time.
January 1, 2000
It also has a terrific subject and the spirit to bring it off.
January 1, 2000
Holy Smoke is one of those movies that takes some potentially fascinating ideas and shipwrecks them by poor execution and even worse writing.
January 1, 2000
The screenplay sometimes slashes with sharp dialogue, and Campion's directing unmistakably breathes conviction. What she lacks is sufficient humor to see when she approaches the risible and sufficient perception to keep her seriousness fresh.
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