Smokin' Aces
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When a shifty magician turns state's evidence against a Las Vegas underworld heavy, the high price placed on his head sparks a fevered race to rub the snitch out and collect a tidy paycheck in Narc director Joe Carnahan's dark action comedy. Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a small-time scammer who has somehow managed to get the goods on big-time mobster Primo Sparazza. Upon discovering that Buddy is about to deliver the evidence needed to get him thrown in jail for life, Primo takes out a sizable contract on Buddy that entices every two-bit thug, grizzled bounty hunter,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It wants to be a Tarantino-esque dark comedy about gun-slinging, substance-abusing lowlifes. But instead it's a convoluted, slap-happy, humorless bloodfest."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Violence is spread throughout the film, and some of it is entertaining, I have to admit. But the climax at Buddy's Tahoe penthouse is Tarantino on speed."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A guilt-free return to the kind of stylish action thrillers that rely on strong characters just as much as they do carnage."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Could've been a classic belch of grindhouse-throwback foolishness if not for Carnahan's apparent need to take his story seriously after all."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"An uneven, overly stylized mess that wants to recall Quentin Tarantino, but which only mines the glitz, not the depth or the sharpness of Tarantino's dialogue."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Not a fresh idea emerges from this risible exercise in muscle-car camerawork, squib-crazy shoot-outs and self-admiring pyrotechnics."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Did Carnahan think these sickening scenes would give Smokin' Aces a moral complexity that's generally absent from this genre? I think they make the picture seem even more morally bankrupt."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The poor man's Guy Ritchie, which is sad since the poor man already has Guy Ritchie"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A great ensemble cast, along with excellent direction makes this a gem worth the watch..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's flashy and feels hip, but I wonder if it's all just a smokescreen much like the one in the film's plot."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"We just sit there numbly, awaiting the next sensation and trying, without notable success, to comprehend the preposterous backstory."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Smokin Aces is a Viagra suppository for compulsive action fetishists and a movie that may not only be dumb in itself, but also the cause of dumbness in others."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The best Tarantino riff of 1994."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"Smokin' Aces isn't the most original endeavor, but it has enough wit, action and dramatic weight to carve out its own rightful place of honor in the crime film genre."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"It's instantly engrossing, stays great for about 45 minutes and good for another 20, then begins collapsing under the oppressive weight of taking itself very, very seriously."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
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