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Thank You for Smoking Reviews

October 7, 2006
The picture is obviously a satire, but it has no sharpness, no sense of daring.
June 24, 2006
Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette.
May 12, 2006
Even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long.
April 7, 2006
Deliciously nasty, naughty satire.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2006
Reitman, still in his 20s, knows something that many more seasoned directors never figure out: how to make audiences laugh along with a film that's laughing at itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 31, 2006
Literate and smirky in its assault on liars and fools across the map.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2006
In the end, Nick and the world in which he traffics ends up a comic interpretation of a serious situation, and while the amoral ambiguity of the entire film is intriguing for a while, in the end you realize this patient has no pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 31, 2006
To Reitman's credit, the director does not allow Thank You for Smoking to take the turn we would expect.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2006
Enjoyable not only because it shows the duplicity of spinning but because it allows its characters to revel in the joy they experience as contemporary con artists.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 31, 2006
The book had a fearlessness that the movie version so lacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 31, 2006
A fun, smart film. But you can't help but wish Thank You would bare its fangs a little more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 30, 2006
To watch the film is to feel the delicious discomfort of being seduced by a devilish charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 30, 2006
A smart-aleck satire with something on its mind is always welcome.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 28, 2006
Eckhart, in a sure-handed performance, holds the picture together.
March 25, 2006
The story of Thank You for Smoking resides in that libertarian netherworld where the far left and the far right march shoulder to shoulder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2006
It's a movie that isn't afraid to inhale, and to do so deeply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2006
Thank You for Smoking is a glib satire with a slick surface, lots of snappy patter and nothing to sell but its own cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2006
[Jason] Reitman makes an amazingly confident feature debut. Thank You for Smoking is funny stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 24, 2006
We know that cigarettes are dangerous for our health. The surprise is that, with a movie supposedly about freedom of thought, too much thinking can be dangerous for our superficial enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2006
Like its protagonist, the movie is smart, soulless, glib, and utterly charming -- just the thing to warm up a movie season that's been late to bloom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2006
It's a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2006
Here is a satire both savage and elegant, a dagger instead of a shotgun. Thank You for Smoking targets the pro-smoking lobby with a dark appreciation of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 23, 2006
Thank You For Smoking, the low-tar adaptation of Christopher Buckley's satirical novel, never feels as if it's been fully absorbed by the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2006
Besides being the best American comedy since The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Thank You For Smoking is the first film in a long time with a true gift of gab.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 22, 2006
What makes the movie curiously timely is its emphasis on the process of spin as opposed to the moral content of what is being spun.
March 20, 2006
Aaron Eckhart is so good in his performance. Everybody's terrific. The writing is funny. And the directing is top-notch.
March 17, 2006
Reitman makes shrewd choices condensing the book, removing conspiracy subplots and adding a story line about the relationship between Nick and his son, Joey (Cameron Bright).
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
Despite many funny bits, Thank You for Smoking is ultimately too nice.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
One of the most entertaining riffs on American culture in years.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2006
A very smart and funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2006
Sleek, clever and cocky as its anti-heroic protagonist.
March 16, 2006
That quirky and intelligent rarity that elicits wry smiles and hearty laughs alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2006
Glibly funny and eager to please, the film version of Christopher Buckley's novel Thank You for Smoking is not unlike the down-and-dirty habit of its title.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 16, 2006
Snarky and enjoyable, but it could have been a ferocious black comedy. No Thank You For Playing It Safe.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 16, 2006
Filtered too heavily with moral redemption.
March 16, 2006
These days, if one has to settle for rueful laughs honestly earned, then one can do a whole lot worse than Thank You for Smoking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2006
[Thank You For Smoking is], for better and worse, as uniformly rolled as a machine-made Marlboro.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 15, 2006
Thank You For Smoking has an unrelenting energy that never pauses for moral tongue-clucking.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 14, 2006
It's an under-flogged axiom of American business -- if only Jason Reitman's movie had more muscle in its whip arm.
March 14, 2006
Despite its many strengths, Thank You for Smoking hovers around mediocrity, and its lasting impression is like a puff of smoke that is dissipated by a strong gust of wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2006
Ethics never get in the way of the jokes. Both sides of the political fence will feel royally skewered.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 3, 2006
Reitman spares no one in this enjoyably cynical, merciless comedy, which is often so funny, you don't have time to notice how utterly bleak it is, too.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2005
An entertaining satire on contemporary morality that skewers corporate spin culture, political correctness and that most rhetorical of concepts in Bush's America, personal freedom.
September 12, 2005
The movie is amusing and clever but only skin deep.