Smokin' Aces Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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?
January 26, 2007
None of the numerous, sketchily drawn characters adds up to much to care about in the short running time.
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.
January 26, 2007
Putting Ben Affleck, and the poor man's Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds, in the same movie? Not a good move.
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.
January 26, 2007
Impersonal hackwork by someone who is bending over backwards to sell out and become the new Michael Bay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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