Smokin' Aces


Smokin' Aces

Critics Consensus

A violent mess of a movie, Smokin' Aces has some Quentin Tarantino's style but not much of his wit or humor.



Total Count: 158


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When a shifty magician turns state's evidence against a Las Vegas underworld heavy, the high price placed on his head sparks a fevered race to rub the snitch out and collect a tidy paycheck in Narc director Joe Carnahan's dark action comedy. Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a small-time scammer who has somehow managed to get the goods on big-time mobster Primo Sparazza. Upon discovering that Buddy is about to deliver the evidence needed to get him thrown in jail for life, Primo takes out a sizable contract on Buddy that entices every two-bit thug, grizzled bounty hunter, deadly vixen, skilled assassin, and ladder-climbing Mafioso within a hundred-mile radius into taking a shot at the prize. Now holed up in his luxurious Lake Tahoe hideout with only two FBI agents (Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta) standing between him from a virtual army of money-hungry rogues, Buddy is about to find out just how far this motley crew of killers is willing to go in order to take him out and hit the jackpot. Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Andy Garcia, Alicia Keys, and Martin Henderson co-star in a bullet-strewn, ensemble crime comedy that never stops to reload. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Jeremy Piven
as Buddy "Aces" Israel
Ben Affleck
as Jack Dupree
Andy Garcia
as Stanley Locke
Alicia Keys
as Georgia Sykes
Ray Liotta
as Donald Carruthers
Ryan Reynolds
as Richard Messner
Peter Berg
as Pete Deeks
Taraji P. Henson
as Sharice Watters
Chris Pine
as Darwin Tremor
Martin Henderson
as Hollis Elmore
Jason Bateman
as Rupert "Rip" Reed
Nestor Carbonell
as Pasquale Acosta
Joel Edgerton
as Hugo Croop
Joseph Ruskin
as Primo Sparazza
Maury Sterling
as Lester Tremor
Curtis Armstrong
as Morris Mecklen
David Proval
as Victor Padiche
Kevin Durand
as Jeeves Tremor
Tommy Flanagan
as Lazlo Soot
as Sir Ivy
Wayne Newton
as Himself
Vladimir Kulich
as The Swede
Mike Falkow
as Freeman Heller
Joe Drago
as FBI Aide
Jeff Habberstad
as Top Coated Gunman
Davenia McFadden
as Loretta Wyman
Janet Edwards
as Naked Prostitute
Suzanne Stover
as Prostitute 1
Scott Halberstadt
as Pimply Casino Employee
Lorna Scott
as Hotel Receptionist
Lonnie Moore
as Gary The Security Guard
Steve Florian
as Security Member
Robert J. Weir
as Security Member
Zach Cumer
as Warren
Ken Rudulph
as CS Team Member
Michael Murphy
as Sheriff Badger
Marianne Muellerleile
as Margie Turlock
Stefanie Cruz
as Reporter
John Alston
as Reporter
Brian Bloom
as Agent Baker
Scott Bloom
as FBI Agent 3
Alfred Woodley
as FBI Agent 2
James Conkle
as Young Buddy
Clare Carey
as Laverne
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  • Aug 25, 2019
    I don't think I can tell you that Smokin' Aces is good. But I have seen the movie on three seperate occasions in the past thirteen years, roughly evenly spread apart. And each time I have not only enjoyed it, I enjoyed it more than the last time. This movie is very dumb. But fast and fun and oh boy what a cast.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2016
    This movie tries to be more clever than it actually is with a plot that is hard to understand due to the fact that we are introduced to so many cast members in such a short time we have no clue what was going on and the twists through the film lose any shock value due to the fact that the whole story isn't explained well, There was some good violent action and some bits were clever, but apart from that we go away from this film feeling kind of numb and dissapointed.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2012
    Smokin' Aces is a fun, entertaining ride from start to finish. Effectively directed by Joe Carnahan, this is a smartly crafted and exciting picture that should please action buffs looking for a good two hours to kill. The film does have limitations, and the film's script does fall apart in some areas, and you clearly see that in some scenes. I think it's a great shame because this had the potential of being one of the most stunning action thrillers to come out in quite some time. However, the acting and directing are top-notch and it's what keeps you involved and the film does have some action packed scenes, which overcomes its flaws. Smokin' Aces had so much more potential, and though it falls short in some areas, the great cast keep it going and the action is pretty intense. If that's what you're looking for, then this is the perfect film for you. Despite its lacking moments, the script is peppered with sharp, humorous dialogue which elevates the film significantly. The flaws are there, but at least the characters are colorful and are interesting, and the plot is good for what it is, however it could have been done a bit better. Joe Carnahan is a good director, and he is able to craft a good, entertaining picture and that's what Smokin' Aces is, a flawed, but entertaining film that overcomes its imperfection due to a great cast, effective and well written dialogue that is pretty funny and more than makes up for its plot flaws. If you're looking for a good little time waster, Smokin' Aces manages to be just that, and if you can easily get past the lacking moments, you're sure to have fun with this one.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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