|Miramax Films | Release Date: December 3, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
As much fun as anything director/co-writer Jane Campion has ever filmed. Holy Smoke lets it all hang out.
Sexy, snotty, vulnerable and above all contentious, she's (Winslet) the catalyst in a movie that creates more man-woman electricity than any other movie this year.
By its hilarious, grotesquely over-the-top climax, Holy Smoke is ideologically, metaphorically out of control, as if it has risen from the '70s ashes.
A quirky and satisfying love story.
In the end, Holy Smoke crashes and burns.
Either Campion is the most inspirational director of performers or Winslet the most carnal.
In a movie packed with broad humor, the best jokes are so small they're easy to overlook.
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