Holy Smoke
Holy Smoke (2000)

It's said that sex and religion are two subjects that no one can discuss without arguing; writer/director Jane Campion tackles both head-on in this satiric comedy drama. On a trip to India, Australian Ruth (Kate Winslet) has a spiritual… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 14, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Superb performances hindered by weak script and incoherent story.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

All sorts of questions go unanswered, and there's little of the density found in Campion's early work; this is mainly smoke, not fire.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's brave, adventurous, refreshingly frank -- qualities also marking the performances, particularly those of the leads.

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Josh Larsen

...a sexual awakening of sorts for both of its characters.

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David Rooney

Original in every sense, this often difficult film about family, relationships, sexual politics, spiritual questing, faith and obsession further explores the director's abiding fascinations in excitingly unconventional terms.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

At once hilarious and serious, cruel and tender, and bristling with vitality, Holy Smoke is the right movie for the millennium, envisioning new possibilities in the way people view and relate to one another.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A profoundly generous treatise on how men and women misunderstand and torment one another.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Ms. Winslet is, by contrast, champagne and caviar for moviegoing grown-ups with good taste.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Nice try, but there's not a laugh in sight.

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Rob Gonsalves

Jane Campion is busily dismantling gender myths that few people take seriously any more.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Unsustained comedy drama with Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel in the Australian outback.
Mike T.
Although this movie lacks in coherent ideas, it managed to keep me interested the whole way through. It touches on concept after concept, but never settles on a… More
Leigh Ryan
Odd, but good.
Marcus Woolcott
Starts really well only to run out of ideas and drive off the proverbial cliff.
Mark Abell
Holy Smoke is right! Kate Winslet definitely sets the screen on fire, literally and figuratively, in this one as Ruth Barron, a young, idealistic woman, whose… More
Christopher Brown
Great, underrated comedy from Campion. Keitel is amazing as the cool cult deprogrammer who by the end is the most pathetic fool in the world. A really fun and… More