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Smoke Signals Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
December 2, 2006
It was shocking to realize that as late as 1998, this was still one of the few movies made by insiders, written, directed, and acted by Native Americans. The father-son narrative is conventional but it has humor and is well acted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Clint Morris
May 6, 2005
A brilliantly performed movie....Beach is a knockout
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Native American themed story has great moments
| Original Score: 4/5
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 5, 2004
A resolutely so-so movie puffed beyond all recognition by non-First Nation critics looking to expiate their dimly-felt sense of historic debt.
Brian Mckay
May 23, 2003
A moving and engrossing look at life on The Rez for two Native American youths. Adam Beach's performance is admirable. Irene Bedard is gorgeous and mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
October 27, 2002
It wasn't perfectly put together, the actors were sometimes too enthusiastic or not enough ... but it really touched me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
The good news is that Smoke Signals is a movie that requires no dispensation ...
Full Review| Original Score: A
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
The film pokes fun at the interface between life on "the rez" and the dominant white culture. It also reveals how ritual and friendship can be healing medicine.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Smoke Signals won the 1998 Sundance Festival film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2000
best film ever made that captures the real character and spirit of modern Native Americans
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
The central character is so superficially conceived that you never feel the force of his culture or ethnicity.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 87/100
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