Coffee and Cigarettes
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Jim Jarmusch's black-and-white feature Coffee and Cigarettes contains three vignettes originally released as short films along with separate yet somewhat related sketches. As the title suggests, most of the vignettes involve famous people smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee. The first, "Coffee and Cigarettes," is a six-minute short from 1986 starring Stephen Wright and Roberto Benigni. The 1989 installment, "Memphis Version," stars Steve Buscemi, Joie Lee, and Cinqué Lee. The award-winning 1993 segment, "Somewhere in California," stars musicians Iggy Pop… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"What unites everything is Jarmusch's playful, hang-dog absurdism."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"A hit-or-miss movie."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Curious collection of shorts will bore most kids."
‑ Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
"...a brilliant examination of the nature of the modern encounter."
‑ Uri Lessing,
"Often gorgeous and poetic film."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A black-and-white novelty that plays like a directing-class exercise, you take your good with your bad with this one."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"An irresistible idea results in a movie as hazy and sometimes as irritating as cigarette smoke."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Independent filmmaking grandfather Jim Jarmusch conceives the laziest and most tiring movie of his career with a series of vignettes calculated around celebrities talking over coffee and cigarettes."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A little less than half of the film worked for me, which cannot justify a recommendation."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"No matter how respected a celebrity is, watching him or her jabber about caffeine's stimulative power is not revealing."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"The film is a series of scenes, skits, episodes, that show two or sometimes three people smoking and sipping and conversing, usually in grungy places and usually improvising -- at least that's the intended impression."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"At least three of the spots make the hour and a half worthwhile through an addicting blend of hilarity and beauty."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Jarmusch continues to be one of the most intriguing and compelling filmmakers of the age."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Between the wry trademark Jarmusch deadpan humor (and there is quite a bit of it) and the great cast, this one is worth a look, particularly for those already in the Jarmusch camp."
‑ Craig Phillips, GreenCine
"Eleven smart breaks from everyday reality."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
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