San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
200 Cigarettes doesn't have a bad scene or a false note. The picture is a succession of pointed little moments, nicely written by Shana Larsen and acted with comic assurance and sensitivity.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Very much a looking-back movie; its most obvious model is "American Graffiti." But if you know that particular slice of early '80s Manhattan, you may be as amused as I was. [26 Feb 1999]
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Ray Conlogue
But there's no sign of the writerly derring-do that is really essential to daisy-chain storytelling. 200 Cigarettes burns itself out well before midnight.
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By James Berardinelli
A tepid affair, distinguished by bland character development, uninspired and insipid dialogue, and a nonexistent plot.
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
While the film comes to a mildly clever conclusion, it feels like a bottle of vintage champagne that never gets to pop its cork at midnight. All that fizz potential wasted. [26 Feb 1999]
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A gaggle of hip actors squander their gifts in this unfunny, out-of-control comedy.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This vapid '80 punk party reeks of 200 Cigarettes.
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San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
Not much of a plot, but the trouble is that Shana Larsen's script, as directed by Risa Bramon Garcia, isn't very deep. Worse, none of the self-absorbed characters are that likable nor are they funny.
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Christian Science Monitor

David Chappelle's performance as a cabbie is amusing, but the film should have been packaged with a Surgeon General's Warning - "Cigarettes is bad for you."
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33 out of 100
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