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  • Summary: A comic series of short vignettes in which Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of the world from an extraordinary angle, showing just how absorbing the obsessions, joys and addictions of life can be. (MGM/UA)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Karen Karbo
    100
    Like dark chocolate -- not semi-sweet, but the exotic, nearly black stuff -- Coffee and Cigarettes won't appeal to everyone. Jarmusch is the 70 percent cacao of contemporary filmmakers, and people who love this kind of chocolate swear by it.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    It feels as if it has been recovered from a time capsule, and what larger meaning it may have is anyone's guess. But it is way cool -- and funny -- in ways that more expensive comedies trying harder rarely are.
  3. 80
    It's worth fidgeting through the mediocre stuff to get to three good pieces. In one, Cate Blanchett turns in a tour de force as both herself and her aggressive, resentful Aussie cousin in an awkward encounter that captures the pathological relationship between ordinary people and celebrities.
  4. 70
    Although these vignettes are unified visually -- they're all in black-and-white and they all have the same gorgeous, silky visual texture -- they were shot by several different cinematographers.
  5. Many will be left scratching their heads at the point of the entire enterprise, but fans of Jarmusch's askew view will clink coffee mugs and toast to the glories of human eccentricity.
  6. C&C hardly coalesces, but then again, it doesn't try to--never more or less than what it appears to be, the film is a slow honky-tonk thud-beat, only intermittently punctuated by a joke or idea.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21
  1. Mr.Holland
    May 21, 2006
    10
    Some people are crazy. it's a beautiful film.
  2. PeterH
    Apr 25, 2009
    7
    A mildly entertaining story with several entertaining shorts. Several gems in the collection are Cate Blanchett's short and Steve Coogan and Alfred Molina's short. Expand
  3. JamesW.
    Sep 9, 2005
    4
    Boring.
  4. kjynnj.
    Dec 29, 2005
    1
    Judging by this film, I expect Jarmusch's next masterpiece will be called Snot, and will feature his buddies, vying to outdo each other in hipness as they sneeze and deal with their nasal secretions. I can't wait. Expand

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