75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Even more nihilistic and confused than "Narc," and yet a lot better. It's better for some specific and interesting reasons.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
For rip-snorting pop entertainment, it's one discomfiting, nasty piece of work, and ain't that a kick in the head.
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75

Rolling Stone

By 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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By 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.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By 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.
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63

New York Daily News

By 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.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
While the film bristles with cinematic verve, it also is as second-hand as an antique store.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Sadly, more than an hour of this movie is given over to talking. And not the wink-wink Quentin Tarantino kind, either.
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25

USA Today

By 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.
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20

Wall Street Journal

By 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.
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45 out of 100
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