Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. 12
    Dreadful...Maybe another 200 cigarettes would have helped; coughing would be better than some of this dialogue.
  2. 50
    A tepid affair, distinguished by bland character development, uninspired and insipid dialogue, and a nonexistent plot.
  3. 200 Cigarettes doesn't have a bad scene or a false note. The picture is a succession of pointed little moments, nicely written by Shana Larsen and acted with comic assurance and sensitivity.
  4. The film is filled with actors you want to see -- just not in this thing.
  5. A gaggle of hip actors squander their gifts in this unfunny, out-of-control comedy.
  6. A twentysomething comedy with a brain-dead script, unflattering lighting and 16 performers in search of a scriptwriter...[It] feels like one-sixth of an idea stretched to the breaking point.
  7. A light comedy, pure and simple (and hardly unfamiliar), but its makers sustain its energy through the unraveling of an intricate plot and bring to it a certain edge through a witty, sharp sense of observation.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    10
    Dismally unfunny...It's clear from the first few minutes that the performers are fighting an uphill battle against lame material, and the situation never improves as pic labors on.
  9. This vapid '80 punk party reeks of 200 Cigarettes.
  10. Very much a looking-back movie; its most obvious model is "American Graffiti." But if you know that particular slice of early '80s Manhattan, you may be as amused as I was. [26 Feb 1999]
  11. 0
    More of a throwback to a period in the '70s when big-screen comedies like "FM" and "Thank God It's Friday" seemed to take all their cues from bad sitcoms, putting rice-paper-flat characters into vibrant settings and giving them nothing to do but exchange faux witty dialogue without the much-needed cues of a laugh track.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    The first few minutes have promise (with an all-star list of Gen-X actors), and the last few minutes provide fun (with snapshots of lovers and losers). In between there is a void--feeble jokes, a lot of falling down and foolish declarations.
  13. 50
    This disposable date movie is not so much written and acted as cast—just about every young actor in the country is in it.
  14. Gathers a partyful of young players and barely gives them enough of a story line to puff on, but it gets by on personality anyhow.
  15. 50
    While the film comes to a mildly clever conclusion, it feels like a bottle of vintage champagne that never gets to pop its cork at midnight. All that fizz potential wasted. [26 Feb 1999]
  16. 50
    Nothing much happens, and that's the point, but all this wheel spinning could have used more grease.
  17. 30
    As forgettable as a puff off a generic-brand butt: filtered, flavored, and ultimately unsatisfying.
  18. Not much of a plot, but the trouble is that Shana Larsen's script, as directed by Risa Bramon Garcia, isn't very deep. Worse, none of the self-absorbed characters are that likable nor are they funny.
  19. The plots vary widely in their watchability -- from mildly amusing to stupefyingly godawful.
  20. But there's no sign of the writerly derring-do that is really essential to daisy-chain storytelling. 200 Cigarettes burns itself out well before midnight.
  21. It's sweet, tart, brightly colored, insubstantial, and utterly lacking in nutritional value. It's also fun to consume, and harmless enough as long as it isn't your whole diet.
  22. Reviewed by: John Christian Hoyle
    25
    David Chappelle's performance as a cabbie is amusing, but the film should have been packaged with a Surgeon General's Warning - "Cigarettes is bad for you."
  23. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    40
    Ridiculous haircuts and clothes can't compensate for the absence of real characters, which consigns much of the cast to cameo-like performances.
  24. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    60
    This film may never attain a critical mass of satiric understanding about its milieu or time, but at least its individual moments provide plenty of harmless laughter.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 8, 2011
    6
    Certainly not for everyone, its humour is awkward and does not leave a lasting impression. Rudd, Love and Chapelle dominate the film's keyCertainly not for everyone, its humour is awkward and does not leave a lasting impression. Rudd, Love and Chapelle dominate the film's key moments, which are limited, and some quotes will come in use for the odd house party. An interesting twist to conclude, and 100 minutes of prolonged conversation, nicotine intake and lack of anything stable wraps up in something that's alright if you've got nothing else lying around. Full Review »
  2. DD.
    Feb 19, 2007
    8
    This movie has a little bit of everything for everyone. It's a period piece for some of us old enough to have lived it. It's a This movie has a little bit of everything for everyone. It's a period piece for some of us old enough to have lived it. It's a quirky romp through our early relationships and at the very least, it's pretty funny. Full Review »