Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. A sly, smart and very funny caricature of corporate politics and image culture.
  2. 88
    Both sides of the political fence will feel royally skewered. All that's lacking is a warning from the Surgeon General: This film will make you laugh till it hurts.
  3. 88
    Here is a satire both savage and elegant, a dagger instead of a shotgun.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    88
    The first film in a long time with a true gift of gab. A lot of the time people actually talk fast in it. Its wisecracks actually crack wise.
  5. It's more fun than a turkey shoot. It's also one of the most entertaining riffs on American culture in years.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    The razor-sharp satire Thank You for Smoking is the wittiest dark comedy of the year thus far. It has appeal to all sides of the political spectrum.
  7. Cynical and cheerily merciless.
  8. 83
    Much like his father Ivan (Ghostbusters), first-time director Jason Reitman has a broad, anything-goes comedic sensibility that allows silly gags and incidental humor to sneak in alongside the satirical barbs.
  9. A very smart and funny movie directed by Jason Reitman, who also shrewdly adapted the screenplay from Christopher Buckley's savagely satiric novel.
  10. 75
    Really a blistering satire about spin and the manipulation of the media.
  11. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    The movie is strangely demure in its attempts to be wild.
  12. A glib satire with a slick surface, lots of snappy patter and nothing to sell but its own cleverness.
  13. 75
    Eckhart is dazzling as a born phony.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Like its protagonist, the movie is smart, soulless, glib, and utterly charming -- just the thing to warm up a movie season that's been late to bloom.
  15. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    This is the kind of comedy that gives you two meaty underhanded jokes for every big obvious guffaw. It doesn't add up to much more than that, but there's no earthly reason why it ought to.
  16. Snarky and enjoyable, but it could have been a ferocious black comedy. No Thank You For Playing It Safe.
  17. 75
    It's got a bust-out performance from Eckhart that's worth remembering.
  18. In some ways, Thank You for Smoking does not bemoan smoking as much as it bemoans people's willingness to be duped by smooth-tongued orators.
  19. The movie is amusing and clever but only skin deep. It lacks the acidity and rage of a satire such as "Network."
  20. 70
    As sleek, clever and cocky as its anti-heroic protagonist, Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), a hard-driving lobbyist for the tobacco industry who can turn the most unpromising PR quagmire to his own advantage with a few well-turned lies posing as rational argument.
  21. Glibly funny and eager to please.
  22. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Playing a Big Tobacco lobbyist, Aaron Eckhart puts his golden news-anchor good looks and smooth conviction to better use than in any pic since his breakthrough film, "In the Company of Men."
  23. Of all the funny things in Thank You for Smoking, and there are many, the most striking is Robert Duvall's absolutely mirthless laugh.
  24. 70
    Thank You for Smoking is a nifty but slight movie. Some of the writing is obvious, and the dramatic structure is flimsy, if not downright arbitrary. But Eckhart, in a sure-handed performance, holds the picture together.
  25. 70
    As the substantially faithful movie version demonstrates, the story of Thank You for Smoking resides in that libertarian netherworld where the far left and the far right march shoulder to shoulder.
  26. 63
    Despite its many strengths, Thank You for Smoking hovers around mediocrity, and its lasting impression is like a puff of smoke that is dissipated by a strong gust of wind.
  27. Reviewed by: Simon Houpt
    63
    A slick and star-studded comedy trumpeting a glib libertarianism that talks a good game but is as woolly headed as the liberalism fixed in its sights.
  28. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    60
    The film isn't as funny as the highly publicized conflict over the sell of its distribution rights might have you believe, but does contain a series of energized and entertaining performances that stop it from being a complete failure.
  29. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    60
    A laudably amoral and superbly caustic comedy for those who like their satire strong and unfiltered.
  30. 60
    The chief problem with Thank You for Smoking, isn't that it's over the top; it's that it fits so neatly UNDER the top.
  31. Instead of hitting the gas and allowing the scenario to rock 'n' roll with g-forces, Reitman keeps his movie small, unvaried, slack, and deliberately and oddly, completely smoke-free.
  32. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    To work onscreen, Thank You for Smoking needed to be fast, scruffy, and offhand. But even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long. Aaron Eckhart is likable, but he's too hangdog and naturalistic for a part that could have used a brisk young Jack Lemmon type.
  33. As a satire on Tobacco Inc.'s outrageous ability to market carbon monoxide as the elixir of life, this movie should be packing more nicotine.
  34. 50
    For a film that's ostensibly about modern American society's love affair with addictive behavior – sex, drugs, rock & roll – its bark is much worse than its bite.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. Cables
    Apr 15, 2006
    10
    Lewis obviously doesn't know what he's talking about. This is one of the funniest movies i've seen in ages.
  2. RyanO.
    May 13, 2006
    5
    This is a very glossy, snappy picture that delivers practically nothing to its audience. That nothingness is wrapped rather expertly in a glib and glossy package though. I laughed aloud a few times. Full Review »
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    9
    With an incredible debut, Jason Reitman proves his place amongst today's acclaimed filmmakers. Thank You for Smoking is clever and sly on all accounts. No matter what side you're on, you won't regret partaking in the dispute. Full Review »