Thank You For Smoking
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Thank You For Smoking
Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and enlisting a Hollywood super-agent to promote smoking in movies. Nick's newfound notoriety attracts the attention of both tobacco's head honcho and an investigative reporter for an influential Washington daily. Nick… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The picture is obviously a satire, but it has no sharpness, no sense of daring."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Deliciously nasty, naughty satire."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Curiously, the film's key drawback --its impassive resolution feels a little too slick -- is arguably indicative of the theme: no matter how much we may think we're peeling back the layers, all we arrive at is another fašade."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Thank You For Smoking is an elegant satire, sneaky and subtle..."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Reveling in politically incorrect humor, Reitman takes no prisoners in his debut feature that tackles everything from political hypocrisy to baby seals."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"Reitman, still in his 20s, knows something that many more seasoned directors never figure out: how to make audiences laugh along with a film that's laughing at itself."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Thank You For Smoking gets much of its juice from a superb Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"played so amiably that you barely notice how prickly its barbs are until they have dug right in."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The rare film that stays within itself, mocking its obvious targets with the cool insouciance of mentholated tobacco."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Literate and smirky in its assault on liars and fools across the map."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The joke fizzles"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Leave your preconceptions at the door, prepare for your favourite causes to be skewered, and enjoy. This is one fun movie."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"... a real-life comedic drama that doesn't preach so much as it encourages you to think for yourself lest you be bamboozled like the rest of the flock."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
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