200 Cigarettes (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

200 Cigarettes (1999)



Critic Consensus: A clumsy and scattered comedy with a poorly executed script.

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A comedy set in New York's East Village on New Year's Eve 1981, "200 Cigarettes" follows various young couples and friends whose lives will intersect at a party that night in a downtown loft. Anyone who has been on the town the last night of the year knows the familiar feelings: sentimental recollections, uncertainty about the future and fear that time is running out are mingled with the excitement of a cold winter night and the anticipation of a new love when the clock strikes 12. In "200 Cigarettes," the evening's magic pushes each character to share a secret or create a pact, rush toward calamity or run from danger, break up or hook up. But by evening's end, the characters will have one thing in common: all will be revealed in the clear light of the morning after.


Ben Affleck
as Bartender
Paul Rudd
as Kevin
Dave Chappelle
as Disco Cabbie
Elvis Costello
as Costello, Elvis
Morgan Brown
as French Rocker
Caleb Carr
as Cynical Bar Patron
Patrick Frederic
as Tiki Sobbing Man
David Johansen
as Tiki Bartender
Kiran Merchant
as Restaurant Owner
James Murphy
as Drag Queen
Patricia Wible
as Ace Bar Patron
Jenny Blong
as Cheryl's Friend
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Critic Reviews for 200 Cigarettes

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (22)

The female creative team of [Director Risa Bramon] Garcia and writer Shanna Larson drove a set of storylines that centered women's frank sexuality in a way that still isn't as mainstream as it should be.

March 3, 2021 | Full Review…

There's no sign of the writerly derring-do that is really essential to daisy-chain storytelling.

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Hit-and-mostly-miss retro comedy.

May 11, 2001

A light comedy, pure and simple (and hardly unfamiliar), but its makers sustain its energy through the unraveling of an intricate plot and bring to it a certain edge through a witty, sharp sense of observation.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A twentysomething comedy with a brain-dead script, unflattering lighting and 16 performers in search of a scriptwriter.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This movie isn't merely disrespectful; it's contemptuous.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for 200 Cigarettes

A stupid and misguided comedy that has many funny moments but whose characters are empty and only follow the needs of a lame script - which also has no organic reason to be set in 1981 other than to be packed with 200 songs from back then.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This is my New Years movie! Like folks watch A Christmas Story or The Grinch for Christmas.... this is New Years for me!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

three stars....

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