(1998)

Critic Reviews

76

Metascore

Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity.
100
Beautiful in both its brevity and its vision of contemporary Indian culture, the film abounds in easygoing humor.
90
The deeper strength of Smoke Signals rests on the sensitivity and truthfulness of Farmer's performance as the ebullient, self-hating alcoholic father, and that of Irene Bedard as the young woman he knew in later life.
90
What's truly remarkable about Smoke Signals is the depth of the narrative, a touching tale of self-discovery.
83
Entertainment Weekly
The film excels in small scenes of cannily chosen Indian everydayness.
78
The cast is uniformly excellent in their roles, and Eyre's persistent use of long, trailing shots reinforces the story's elegiac tone.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Takes advantage of the road movie genre, which requires only a goal and then permits great freedom in the events along the way.
75
ReelViews
Offers the prospect of seeing beyond the stereotypes that plague Native Americans in even the best films.
50
Christian Science Monitor
The movie makes up in sincerity and goodwill what it lacks in originality and style.
40
Alexie, who adapted his own novel, bears responsibility for the movie's ham-fisted treatment of racial-identity issues, its tiresome jokes and the dated, throbbing-guitar soundtrack.

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