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  • Summary: In a series of interlocking tales of high stakes and low lifes, Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy "Aces" Israel (Piven) -- a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn states evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody under the supervision of two agents (Reynolds and Liotta) dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When word of the price on Ace's head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, smokin' hot vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues' gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot and tub out Aces. (Universal) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. 75
    Best consumed with pizza and lots of brewskis, Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces is shamelessly and unapologetically a guy movie. It's lewd, crude and loaded with shootouts and hot lesbo action.
  2. It's hard to figure where it's going, and when the movie's over, it's even harder figuring where it's been. But the careening roller-coaster ride calling itself Smokin' Aces is such a hoot to be on, who really cares?
  3. Someone should check Joe Carnahan for performance enhancement drugs. Smokin' Aces, the wild ride of a movie he scripted and directed, is so pumped up, manic and mayhem-packed that it practically shoots sweat off the screen.
  4. Smokin' Aces isn't a story, it's a premise with a madhouse of characters flung into a collision course that ends at the same finish line.
  5. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    To be fair, Smokin' Aces isn't a complete train wreck. Carnahan stages a handful of strong action set-pieces, most notably a close-quarters elevator shoot-out involving Liotta and Flanagan, that are a blast to watch.
  6. 38
    In the hands of the formerly promising director Joe Carnahan, this stylish, nihilistic, hugely derivative mash-up of Tarantino and Guy Ritchie (before wife Madonna ruined his career) is fun for roughly half an hour.
  7. 10
    A Viagra suppository for compulsive action fetishists and a movie that may not only be dumb in itself, but also the cause of dumbness in others.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 49
  2. Negative: 15 out of 49
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    Im a bit shocked by the low scores, I enjoyed it. I thought it featured good acting by a good cast, Great action, and a good story that featured a very satisfying ending that you didnt see coming. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2013
    It's a little rough at first but once you get around 1/3 into it, Smokin' Aces starts to take off and actually becomes quite an enjoyable action film. I'd recommend it. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2013
    This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. There is no real storyline. It's all just cursing and gunfire. The performances are bland, the scenes are vile, and the movie is one big waste of time, that appears to have been written by a hyper-active 12 year old. Avoid this movie like the plague! Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2011
    Words cannot describe my hatred for this movie. Maybe it's because the large and extremely talented cast are all wasted and I feel totally let down. So I tried watching it again, knowing this. After a second viewing I hated it more. I wasn't expected anything great, but I should at least have fun while watching it Expand

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