100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Romance & Cigarettes is the real thing, a film that breaks out of Hollywood jail with audacious originality, startling sexuality, heartfelt emotions, and an anarchic liberty. The actors toss their heads and run their mouths like prisoners let loose to race free.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Attempts something startlingly original by melding light opera with soap opera.
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75

Boston Globe

A hilarious, touching, and (except for a dip into melodrama near the end) skillful blend of subtle emotional depths and a dazzlingly playful surface.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
But by the end, when Gandolfini and Sarandon sing their sweet, hesitant little duet, it’s clear Turturro knew where he was going all along.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's almost unfair to make the comparison because there are so many fundamental differences, but the closest recent movie to Romance and Cigarettes is "Moulin Rouge." The key likeness is easy to spot: the characters spontaneously break into familiar pop songs.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If you're game for something different, it's worth a few giggles.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Romance and Cigarettes is lewd and it's lurid and looks to be a lost pop opera, but it has more vitality than anything else out there.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
It has cult item stamped all over it, and fans of (severely) experimental cinema might see it as a revelation. Most others will find that watching this movie is like having your senses beaten with a rake.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

With Walken around, hair up high, of course there are fleeting moments of fascinating weirdness, but even then, you're still moderately embarrassed for the cast.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
The sad result is a karaoke nightmare. Loud and pointlessly crude, the film takes the disintegration of a dysfunctional working-class family and gives it the song-and-dance treatment.
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55 out of 100
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