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  • Summary: This documentary is a subjective, autobiographical meditation on the allure of cigarettes and their troubling legacy for the state of North Carolina. (First Run Features)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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  1. Deeply personal, morally alert, and highly entertaining.
  2. A brilliantly amusing couple of hours.
  3. While making his new film, he (McElwee) imagines that his boy is looking back at his screen image from some distant point in the future, when McElwee himself is gone. No child of a moviemaker could ask for a more beautiful bequest.
  4. We are hooked into a low-tech but compelling dynamic -- between relatively static images and McElwee's sensitive, connective narrative.
  5. Another of his (McElwee) beguiling "personal chronicle" movies.
  6. 75
    In a season of hyperven tilating political docu mentaries - witness Michael Moore and his imitators - Ross McElwee shows just how far subtlety can go with his latest charming effort, Bright Leaves.
  7. 50
    Results in a weightless film. Worse still, McElwee's languid tone makes his journey lack conviction.

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