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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity. show more

  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Beautiful in both its brevity and its vision of contemporary Indian culture, the film abounds in easygoing humor. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Takes advantage of the road movie genre, which requires only a goal and then permits great freedom in the events along the way. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Offers the prospect of seeing beyond the stereotypes that plague Native Americans in even the best films. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie makes up in sincerity and goodwill what it lacks in originality and style. show more

  • 40
    TV Guide

    Alexie, who adapted his own novel, bears responsibility for the movie's ham-fisted treatment of racial-identity issues, its tiresome jokes and the dated, throbbing-guitar soundtrack. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    The cast is uniformly excellent in their roles, and Eyre's persistent use of long, trailing shots reinforces the story's elegiac tone. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    The film excels in small scenes of cannily chosen Indian everydayness. show more

  • 90
    F. X. Feeney L.A. Weekly

    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. show more

  • 90
    The A.V. Club

    What's truly remarkable about Smoke Signals is the depth of the narrative, a touching tale of self-discovery. show more

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