Smoke Signals Synopsis
A geeky Indian (Evan Adams) helps a friend (Adam Beach) to find his dead father.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Beautiful in both its brevity and its vision of contemporary Indian culture, the film abounds in easygoing humor.
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90

The A.V. Club

What's truly remarkable about Smoke Signals is the depth of the narrative, a touching tale of self-discovery.
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90

L.A. Weekly

By F. X. Feeney
The deeper strength of Smoke Signals rests on the sensitivity and truthfulness of Farmer’s performance as the ebullient, self-hating...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The film excels in small scenes of cannily chosen Indian everydayness.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
The cast is uniformly excellent in their roles, and Eyre's persistent use of long, trailing shots reinforces the story's elegiac tone.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Offers the prospect of seeing beyond the stereotypes that plague Native Americans in even the best films.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Takes advantage of the road movie genre, which requires only a goal and then permits great freedom in the events along the way.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The movie makes up in sincerity and goodwill what it lacks in originality and style.
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40

TV Guide

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Alexie, who adapted his own novel, bears responsibility for the movie's ham-fisted treatment of racial-identity issues, its tiresome jokes...
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Rated PG-13