Holy Smoke Reviews

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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
Confused and lacking a tangible emotional center, Campion's tale of a sleazy cult deprogrammer and his voluptuous Aussie charge is chock-full of half-baked statements, notions, and scenes...
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.
January 1, 2000
It probably all looked good on paper, but the playing out is something else again.
January 1, 2000
Winslet and Keitel make this a must-view in a season where the scent of Oscar is in the air.
January 1, 2000
This script -- to be kind -- is uneven at best and completely illogical at its worst.
January 1, 2000
Every shot Campion and cinematographer Dion Beebe come up with is a compositional classic.
January 1, 2000
Holy Smoke is a demanding and often perverse picture. But its sense of itself is exhilarating.
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