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Smokin' Aces Reviews

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.
February 3, 2007
Not a fresh idea emerges from this risible exercise in muscle-car camerawork, squib-crazy shoot-outs and self-admiring pyrotechnics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
January 31, 2007
We just sit there numbly, awaiting the next sensation and trying, without notable success, to comprehend the preposterous backstory.
January 30, 2007
Violence is spread throughout the film, and some of it is entertaining, I have to admit. But the climax at Buddy's Tahoe penthouse is Tarantino on speed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 30, 2007
Did Carnahan think these sickening scenes would give Smokin' Aces a moral complexity that's generally absent from this genre? I think they make the picture seem even more morally bankrupt.
January 26, 2007
Smokin Aces is a Viagra suppository for compulsive action fetishists and a movie that may not only be dumb in itself, but also the cause of dumbness in others.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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
January 26, 2007
None of the numerous, sketchily drawn characters adds up to much to care about in the short running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 26, 2007
Carnahan creates a spectacle of nihilism, with a number of scenes of carnage, including a shootout in an elevator. This vision is no mere gesture, as it is for, say, Guy Ritchie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 26, 2007
Take two or three over-the-top Hong Kong films, add a bit of blaxploitation attitude, spice it up with some Quentin Tarantino stunt casting, and soak the whole thing in crazy, chainsaw violence. Now throw out 90 percent of everything but the violence.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 26, 2007
Impersonal hackwork by someone who is bending over backwards to sell out and become the new Michael Bay.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 26, 2007
If you're fond of the old 'Is he dead yet' gimmick, there are lots of those.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 26, 2007
The hyper-stylized violence isn't nearly as senseless as the narrative bits in between. And the 'twist' employs the same sleight-of-hand as The Usual Suspects.
January 26, 2007
A grindhouse-inspired concoction that may not contain a shred of originality, but it is executed with unbridled bombast and glee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
January 26, 2007
Smokin' Aces may be packing a lot of heat but its unnecessarily convoluted story means it's mostly a lot of hot air.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 26, 2007
Meaningless violence incarnate, a pointed mix of laughs and wanton death; and yes, that might actually mean something, but precisely what is never clear.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 26, 2007
Anyone with a brain bigger than those of the Tremors will have figured out the big Usual Suspects twists that are designed to give all this some emotional payoff.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 26, 2007
This movie is meant to be watched the way a video game is played: just go from scene to scene and start blasting the minute you walk through the door.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 26, 2007
Sadly, more than an hour of this movie is given over to talking. And not the wink-wink Quentin Tarantino kind, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 25, 2007
A gruesome Cannonball Run with Piven flesh as the trophy, Smokin' Aces is a depressingly nihilistic entry in the Tarantino/Guy Ritchie/Ocean's Eleven caper genre.
January 25, 2007
But Smokin' Aces is all pumped up with no place to go, and the crashing letdown, as the rush fades and the ammo shells lie spent across the screen, is heavy indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
January 25, 2007
When Carnahan tries to tug at our emotions, he just compounds the whorish insensitivity of the movie.
January 25, 2007
Isn't this grown-up? In a word, no, and that's what's so much fun about it.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
January 25, 2007
Smokin Aces achieves a level of vicarious thrill, but it's all peaks and valleys, with lows that are too low and highs that are too high.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 25, 2007
There's no shortage of flash and bother, but not much to care about.
Read More | Original Score: C-
January 25, 2007
Self-important but not untalented, Smokin' Aces is tonally consistent from beginning to end, and, for all its bloody mayhem, kinetic nihilism, and jive minstrelsy, has a surprisingly light touch.
January 25, 2007
Carnahan veers wildly between dark comedy and over-the-top violence but never quite finds the right tone.
January 25, 2007
Best consumed with pizza and lots of brewskis, Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces is shamelessly and unapologetically a guy movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 25, 2007
... hyperventilating hogwash ...
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 25, 2007
You can't take it seriously, but the movie is as lively as it is debased.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 25, 2007
It's all a mad, mad, mad, mad whirl of bullets, bloodshed, the occasional breast and agonizingly lame jokes aimed at males who don't get out much.
Read More | Original Score: D
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.
January 17, 2007
Smokin' Aces blows some cool smoke rings until it makes the very un-cool mistake of overstaying its welcome.
January 12, 2007
The film's whimsicality makes it a big step back for the director, who shows he has little handle over anything bar garish action set-pieces.