Romance & Cigarettes
Romance & Cigarettes (2007)

Nick is a New York ironworker married to Kitty, a strong but gentle woman with whom he has three grown daughters. He is secretly carrying on a torrid affair with the flame-haired Tula. When his wife catches him and Tula wants a commitment,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This movie musical aims for fun and modern, but Romance and Cigarettes is too scattered and uneven to achieve either.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Romance and Cigarettes is a dark-red valentine to the way that pop music gets under our skin.

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.'

David Cornelius

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.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

How weird is John Turturro's Romance & Cigarettes? Almost indescribably weird, though also strangely involving.

Tasha Robinson
AV Club

While it looks like it was great fun to film, it's regrettably little fun to watch.

Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
In agreement with Jim Hunter, unless you're Paul Thomas Anderson, having actors sing along with a recording of a song IS "remarkably lame." And… More
Chris Weber
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Going into it, I didn't know what to expect, but I hoped for good things given the cast. Turturro is an… More
Jim Hunter
An adulterous man deals with his unpredictable mistress and vengeful wife ... with songs. When I read the basic genre details about this movie, I was excited to… More
Saskia D.
Wow, this movie is soo underrated! I saw it for the third time yesterday, and it's not only absurdly funny, but also a beautiful and unusual lovestory. I… More
paul sandberg
Imagine,if you will, a college film school assignment to create a modern day musical ground in the late 50's and early 60's. Imagine if the student… More
Robert C
With a cast like this, I thought "how could you go wrong?". And there are some truely wonderful scenes featuring most of the big names. In… More