Smokin' Aces - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Smokin' Aces Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 3, 2007
All of it is preposterous, stretching plausibility until it breaks, with final-act explanations -- such as why someone as low-rent as Buddy Israel would be welcomed into the mob in the first place -- only leading to more absurdity.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 26, 2007
Putting Ben Affleck, and the poor man's Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds, in the same movie? Not a good move.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 25, 2007
Smokin' Aces is Tarantino lite -- a vague and unsuccessful attempt to bring together a bunch of offbeat, unrelated characters in a situation where a bloody resolution is inescapable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 25, 2007
A flashy, nasty, hyper-violent story.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 25, 2007
This film was not based on a video game, but that's the vibe and the aesthetic at work here: YEAH! KILL!, followed by a few muttered expressions of the horror, the horror.
| Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
The poor man's Guy Ritchie, which is sad since the poor man already has Guy Ritchie
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 26, 2007
It's ludicrous, but not as ludicrous as the ending -- an exhausting game of Twister that'll leave you feeling stupid or cheated or both.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 19, 2007
One question hovers over the carnage, though: Whom the hell are we supposed to root for? The closest the movie comes to sympathetic assassins are its hit ladies, yet the payoff to their subplot is the weakest of the bunch.
Matt Stevens
E! Online
January 25, 2007
Stinkin' Aces misses the mark and fatally shoots itself -- right in the foot.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 22, 2007
A multi-character crime saga that's even less appealing than watching televised poker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
January 22, 2007
Not really recommended for the cerebral cineaste, but more for that demographic satiated by bloodlust alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 26, 2007
We ask for so little from movies like this; the least it can to is place its disposable thrills in a decently constructed package.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Holcomb
May 5, 2008
The best Tarantino riff of 1994.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 26, 2007
This is from the same Joe Carnahan who impressed mightily with his Sundance hit Narc, a tale of murder and police corruption that was lean, focussed and spellbinding -- everything that Smokin' Aces isn't. What the hell happened?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 25, 2007
Carnahan veers wildly between dark comedy and over-the-top violence but never quite finds the right tone.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 22, 2007
It wants to be a Tarantino-esque dark comedy about gun-slinging, substance-abusing lowlifes. But instead it's a convoluted, slap-happy, humorless bloodfest.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 25, 2007
Based on this outing, writer-director Joe Carnahan can't tell a story worth a damn -- especially not a complicated mishmash like this one.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 26, 2007
[A] pale, distant cousin of Tarantino's breakthrough works from a decade ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike Ward
January 27, 2007
Considering a cast that also touts Ben Affleck and Wayne Newton, Smokin' Aces should have been a veritable bachelor party of guilty pleasures. It's got guns, casinos, girls, drugs and Piven.
March 24, 2007
The biggest and most unfortunate problem with Smokin' Aces is the complete lack of anyone to root for or even against.
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