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Smokin' Aces

Drama . Thriller . Crime . Comedy . Action

When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

Actors: Joseph Ruskin , Ray Liotta , Ryan Reynolds , Christopher Michael Holley , Common , Martin Henderson , Ben Affleck , Jeremy Piven , Wayne Newton , Alex Rocco
Directors: Joe Carnahan
Country: UK , FRANCE , USA
Release: 2007-01-26
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    A cheerfully disposable gangland freak-show thrill ride that's been directed by the gifted Joe Carnahan (Narc) as if he were trying to give the audience a seizure.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Best consumed with pizza and lots of brewskis, Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces is shamelessly and unapologetically a guy movie. It's lewd, crude and loaded with shootouts and hot lesbo action.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    For rip-snorting pop entertainment, it's one discomfiting, nasty piece of work, and ain't that a kick in the head.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Even more nihilistic and confused than "Narc," and yet a lot better. It's better for some specific and interesting reasons.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    It's hard to figure where it's going, and when the movie's over, it's even harder figuring where it's been. But the careening roller-coaster ride calling itself Smokin' Aces is such a hoot to be on, who really cares?

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It's kind of like a hit man's Olympics. Isn't this grown-up? In a word, no, and that's what's so much fun about it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    There are movies that reach for the top. There are movies that go over the top. And then there is Smokin' Aces, a slick, shallow and sometimes quite enjoyable action film that is so far beyond over-the-top that it likely mistook the top for the bottom as it burst through it on its way to who knows where.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Someone should check Joe Carnahan for performance enhancement drugs. Smokin' Aces, the wild ride of a movie he scripted and directed, is so pumped up, manic and mayhem-packed that it practically shoots sweat off the screen.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    There's no question Carnahan has an eye for composition, an ear for dialogue and a sense of pace that, if put to better use, could make an audience beg for relief. But the characters in Smokin' Aces are about as lifelike as the occupants of vehicles destroyed in a car-safety test.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Denby

    In 2002, Carnahan made an intense and violent little cop film, "Narc," with Jason Patric and Ray Liotta. He seemed to have absorbed the influences of John Cassavetes and Martin Scorsese and come up with a style of his own. I was a fan of that movie, but Smokin’ Aces feels like Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" pushed much further along into lethal absurdity.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    Smokin' Aces blows some cool smoke rings until it makes the very un-cool mistake of overstaying its welcome.

    Variety Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Carnahan does have an oddball sense of comic timing; what his picture lacks in hilarity it recuperates with a well-developed, albeit mumbling, sense of the absurd.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    While the film bristles with cinematic verve, it also is as second-hand as an antique store.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    A roller-coaster ride that goes on far too long, ends with a colossal crash, then follows that wreck with a lecture explaining the physics of the machinery. My head was spinning for multiple reasons, none of them pleasing.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Smokin' Aces isn't a story, it's a premise with a madhouse of characters flung into a collision course that ends at the same finish line.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    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.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Spends too much time straddling the line between exuberant carnage and serious plotline when it should've gleefully backflipped into the former. Grudgingly recommended, but only if you've put your cerebral cortex in neutral for the evening.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Sadly, more than an hour of this movie is given over to talking. And not the wink-wink Quentin Tarantino kind, either.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    Twitchy, messy and uneven, it's an action flick that just won't shut up. The movie is somewhat saved by a smattering of wacky minor characters and humorous bits of non-essential business, but they certainly don't add up to a satisfying experience.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ethan Alter

    To be fair, Smokin' Aces isn't a complete train wreck. Carnahan stages a handful of strong action set-pieces, most notably a close-quarters elevator shoot-out involving Liotta and Flanagan, that are a blast to watch.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The plot tangles until it seems irrelevant, the jokes can't push through the somber tone, and the most interesting moment apart from the action scenes involves one character using the corpse of one of the more famous cast members for a grisly ventriloquist act.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    Half the time the movie wants to be balls-out weird, and it is. But the other half – the half with the good guys – is plodding procedural fare.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kevin Crust

    It's a grindhouse-inspired concoction that may not contain a shred of originality, but it is executed with unbridled bombast and glee.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    In the hands of the formerly promising director Joe Carnahan, this stylish, nihilistic, hugely derivative mash-up of Tarantino and Guy Ritchie (before wife Madonna ruined his career) is fun for roughly half an hour.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Based on this outing, writer-director Joe Carnahan (Narc) can't tell a story worth a damn--especially not a complicated mishmash like this one.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Smokin' Aces is awash in ammo and carnage, but it chugs to the finish line with a tank full of sludge.

    Slate Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The film tries to be stylish and slick, but is mostly just nasty and blood-drenched. Piven, so funny in other film roles and on TV's "Entourage," overdoes it here, and extended scenes of his debauchery grow excessive and thuddingly dull.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The hyper-stylized violence, for instance, isn't nearly as senseless as the narrative bits in between. And the ''twist'' employs the same sleight-of-hand as "The Usual Suspects."

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Calling Joe Carnahan's movie heartless implies that this auteur of affectless anarchy might have meant to invest it with detectable human feelings, and failed. Better to call it heart-free.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Again and again the killers linger sadistically over the dead or dying bodies of the people they've dispatched. 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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
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