Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 100
    Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity.
  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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    90
    What's truly remarkable about Smoke Signals is the depth of the narrative, a touching tale of self-discovery.
  6. The film excels in small scenes of cannily chosen Indian everydayness.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  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 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. Full Review »