Smokers Only
Smokers Only (2002)

A tale weaving together multiple stories, which revolve around the alienated, unruly twenty-year-olds--in the Buenos Aires nightlife--who are looking for love, adventure and a quick lay. Roller-blades on their feet and a sense of emptiness… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 20, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A venturesome, beautifully realized psychological mood piece that reveals its first-time feature director's understanding of the expressive power of the camera.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Though its atmosphere is intriguing ... the drama is finally too predictable to leave much of an impression.

Tim Merrill
Film Threat

Humorless, self-conscious art drivel, made without a glimmer of intelligence or invention.

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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

The characters are never more than sketches ... which leaves any true emotional connection or identification frustratingly out of reach.

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Nick Rutigliano
Village Voice

Ah, the travails of metropolitan life! Alas, another breathless movie about same!

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Chen films the resolutely downbeat Smokers Only with every indulgent, indie trick in the book.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

The film's hackneyed message is not helped by the thin characterizations, nonexistent plot and pretentious visual style.

David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

The leads are so unmemorable, despite several attempts at lengthy dialogue scenes, that one eventually resents having to inhale this gutter romancer's secondhand material.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

A sleek advert for youthful anomie that never quite equals the sum of its pretensions.

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