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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 the ride! (Miramax) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity.
  2. 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.
  3. 90
    The deeper strength of Smoke Signals rests on the sensitivity and truthfulness of Farmer’s performance as the ebullient, self-hating alcoholic father, and that of Irene Bedard as the young woman he knew in later life.
  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. Shows colorful style and a wisdom beyond precocity about its setting and its people.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Breezy, often self-mocking tone proves fresh and invigorating.
  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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  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  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 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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