Romance and Cigarettes
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Actor and filmmaker John Turturro wrote and directed this emotionally resonant blend of music and drama. Nick Murder (James Gandolfini) is an ironworker who has been married for years to Kitty (Susan Sarandon), who works as a seamstress and is the mother of Nick's three daughters. While Nick loves his wife, his head is turned by Tula (Kate Winslet), a sexy salesgirl at a lingerie shop, and soon they're having a passionate affair. When Kitty finds out about Nick's infidelity, she becomes enraged and kicks him out of the house, forcing him to decide what he really wants out of life… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In a season seasoned with off-beat originality in the movies, from Lars and the Real Girl to I'm Not There, you still have not seen anything quite like John Turturro's extraordinary Romance and Cigarettes."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"It is not every musical that features lung cancer and James Gandolfini singing along with Engelbert Humperdinck to that every-day-I-wake-up 1960s standard 'A Man Without Love.'"
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Romance & Cigarettes wears thin, like a moral for the titular addiction: Sure, there's the sweet dream of that first drag, but a whole pack'll do a body bad."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"The film has an overall tonal inconsistency and suffers from the occasional bout of tin-ear-itis, which ultimately derails this sometimes interesting attempt at reinvigorating the genre."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"John Turturro has crafted a truly unique American musical worthy of the Coen brothers' executive producer credits."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"How weird is John Turturro's Romance & Cigarettes? Almost indescribably weird, though also strangely involving."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"While it looks like it was great fun to film, it's regrettably little fun to watch."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"When it succeeds, it soars with great abandon, and when it fails, it fails so grandly that we still want to applaud it. This is a madhouse of a movie."
‑ David Cornelius,
" have not lived till you've seen Walken belt out a Tom Jones tune."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, OC Weekly
"One of the most inventive, surprising and challenging American films of 2005. Pity that it's 2007."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Romance and Cigarettes is a dark-red valentine to the way that pop music gets under our skin."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This singing-along-to-the-radio effect has a dingy charm that honors the blue-collar Italian setting, yet Turturro spoils it by turning the movie into a hip star party."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It shouldn't work, but there's something beautiful in Turturro's non-judgmental, almost affectionate, exposure of human love as the courting dance of clueless primates"
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"It takes us on a unique, passionately committed journey."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"A step away from Springtime for Hitler -- a classic awful."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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