Smoke Signals
Smoke Signals (1998)

The unavoidable synopsis -- two young American Indians leave the reservation to resolve their problems and to find themselves -- belies the poetry of this well-acted, well-directed and largehearted movie.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 26, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

It was shocking to realize that as late as 1998, this was still one of the few movies made by insiders, written, directed, and acted by Native Americans. The father-son narrative is conventional but it has humor and is well acted.

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Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

A resolutely so-so movie puffed beyond all recognition by non-First Nation critics looking to expiate their dimly-felt sense of historic debt.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The good news is that Smoke Signals is a movie that requires no dispensation ...

Clint Morris

A brilliantly performed movie....Beach is a knockout

Brian Mckay

A moving and engrossing look at life on The Rez for two Native American youths. Adam Beach's performance is admirable. Irene Bedard is gorgeous and mesmerizing.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The film pokes fun at the interface between life on "the rez" and the dominant white culture. It also reveals how ritual and friendship can be healing medicine.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Native American themed story has great moments

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It wasn't perfectly put together, the actors were sometimes too enthusiastic or not enough ... but it really touched me.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Smoke Signals won the 1998 Sundance Festival film of the year.

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Spencer S.
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Walter M.
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Randy Tippy
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John Ballantine
A great addition to the Native film genre. This one was written, directed and acted with members of the community and it is lively and enchanting.
Drew Smith
All right...objectively, this is just not a very good movie. The two main characters are an unlikable prick and an unlikable nerd, respectively, and the themes… More
Lord Naseby
*sigh* this review isn't going to be very long. it's mainly for the people who have seen it. All I can say about this movie is this: "Heeey… More