• Released
  • October 13, 1995
  • R , 1 hr 23 min
  • Drama
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Blue in the Face Synopsis
The manager of a Brooklyn cigar shop and his various customers make comments about smoking.
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By James Berardinelli
The film is so exuberant that we don't care whether we're listening to Lou Reed's off-the-cuff comments about New York, watching Mel Gorham...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
The improvisations are a mixed bag -- Reed and Fox are surprisingly hilarious, while Roseanne is a shrieking horror show -- but the air of...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The results are ragged, disjointed, and endearing.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The lows never last too long - something invariably jumps out to recapture our interest or prompt a chuckle.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
A filmic hug for Brooklyn.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
More about having a good time with some interesting people than it is about watching a fine movie.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Some of the bits work and others don't, but no one seems to be keeping score, and that's part of the movie's charm.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Jim Jarmusch's elegiac, hilarious performance as a man about to smoke his final cigarette is brilliant.
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TV Guide

Feels less like a movie than a lost episode of the old Steve Allen or Jack Paar late-night chat shows.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What a bold notion for a movie, and what a bust in terms of execution.
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Rated R | For Language and Scene of Nudity