Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  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. 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.
  4. It's more fun than a turkey shoot. It's also one of the most entertaining riffs on American culture in years.
  5. 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.
  6. 88
    Here is a satire both savage and elegant, a dagger instead of a shotgun.
  7. 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.
  8. Cynical and cheerily merciless.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
  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 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. Jan 25, 2015
    4
    Lobbyists represent everything that is wrong with our country. Instead of voting for the common good of the people, they are paid in votersLobbyists represent everything that is wrong with our country. Instead of voting for the common good of the people, they are paid in voters and campaign contributions, to vote the way big business wishes them to vote. The result is laws that benefit the few and hurt the many. Thank You For Smoking takes an in depth look at one of these lobbyists, who works for big tobacco. In a satirical way, the film shows how this man is able to achieve his companies goals through bending the facts, bribery, and out right lying in a way that is completely legal under our system of government. Aaron Eckhart is terrific, which will come as little surprise to many, however the film was anything but. Like most films, Thank You For Smoking has it's moments, but overall the film is one short scene that just repeats it's self over and over again. The situations are different and the players are different, but the arguments and agendas are always the same. After watching two hours of the same thing over and over again, I was more than done with this film. No matter how charismatic the actor may be, the fact is that what lobbyists do isn't terribly interesting. It's one meeting and argument after another and the film just completely runs around in circles. The film was critically acclaimed for Eckhart's performance, but nothing else. Some critics think that one outstanding performance makes a film worth seeing, but I don't. Aaron Eckhart is an outstanding actor, who has been great in many other films that are worth seeing. Thank You For Smoking is nothing more than an insult to the American people, that runs forty minutes too long, and just goes around in circles, it's not something I'd recommend wasting your time on. Full Review »