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  • Summary: Though Victor and Thomas have lived their entire young lives in the same tiny town, they couldn't have less in common! But when Victor is urgently called away, it's Thomas who comes up with the money to pay for his trip. There's just one thing Victor has to do: take Thomas along for theThough Victor and Thomas have lived their entire young lives in the same tiny town, they couldn't have less in common! But when Victor is urgently called away, it's Thomas who comes up with the money to pay for his trip. There's just one thing Victor has to do: take Thomas along for the ride! (Miramax) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Beautiful in both its brevity and its vision of contemporary Indian culture, the film abounds in easygoing humor.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    90
    What's truly remarkable about Smoke Signals is the depth of the narrative, a touching tale of self-discovery.
  3. And that's the surprise of the movie, beyond even the humor and humanity of its inside look at contemporary American Indian culture. It's really the oldest and most primal story forms, the one about the old man and the boy.
  4. 75
    Takes advantage of the road movie genre, which requires only a goal and then permits great freedom in the events along the way.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    A shrewd portrait, sly, casual yet palpably authentic, of the principal ways members of any minority try to respond to an uncomprehending world. [29 Jun 1998, p. 69]
  6. Shows colorful style and a wisdom beyond precocity about its setting and its people.
  7. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    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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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. HuntleyR.
    Apr 9, 2009
    3
    A story completely lacking in originality or emotional depth, Victor, played with robotic exhibition by Adam Beach, goes in search of his A story completely lacking in originality or emotional depth, Victor, played with robotic exhibition by Adam Beach, goes in search of his father who abandoned him when he was a boy. The jokes barely evoke a chuckle, the flashbacks are clumsily positioned and poorly executed, and if the wooden acting doesn't put you to sleep, the sappy dialogue will. Expand

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