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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A showcase for Wang's greatest strengths as a film maker: a chance to explore friendships, connections and random serendipities. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Each conversation has at least one memorable line, and it's always delivered in such a casual manner that it blends right in. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A beguiling film about words, secrets and tobacco. show more

  • 75
    Christian Science Monitor

    The action is talky and philosophical but in sweet celebration of everyman going nowhere. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    The delight of the movie is Keitel, who finally gets to play someone who doesn't look like he's about to mug you. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    Pretty to look at but contrived and somewhat stagy. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Knockout ensemble performances like these don't come around all that often, though, and when they do they ought to be savored. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    The best vignette, at the very end of the film, is the story Auster originally wrote for a newspaper as a Christmas piece, the one that inspired Wang to make Smoke in the first place. It's the one you'll want to inhale. show more

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