(1999)

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88
Chicago Tribune
As much fun as anything director/co-writer Jane Campion has ever filmed. Holy Smoke lets it all hang out.
75
San Francisco Examiner
By its hilarious, grotesquely over-the-top climax, Holy Smoke is ideologically, metaphorically out of control, as if it has risen from the '70s ashes.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Too tightly made not to keep you watching, Holy Smoke is also too hokey and didactic to take seriously.
70
I'm not even sure the movie makes sense at times, yet Campion's offbeat rhythms and eye for startling images always made me happy to be looking at the screen.
63
Boston Globe
In the end, Holy Smoke crashes and burns.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Either Campion is the most inspirational director of performers or Winslet the most carnal.
60
Winslet and Keitel are perfectly matched, go-for-broke actors handed dramatic license to do a psychic striptease.
60
As Holy Smoke moves from its early mix of rapture and humor into this more serious, confrontational stage, it runs into trouble.
50
Charlotte Observer
Wrestles with big questions, gets the upper hand during the first hour, then loses its grip. By the end, it's flat on its back on the mat.
50
Chicago Reader
This is mainly smoke, not fire.

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