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  • Summary: A group of people's lives intertwine when a New York cigar store manager, Auggie (Keitel), befriends them. Among them is a writer who can't write (Hurt), a reluctant father hiding from his past (Whitaker), a streetwise teen with an unusual identity crisis, and Auggie's long-lostA group of people's lives intertwine when a New York cigar store manager, Auggie (Keitel), befriends them. Among them is a writer who can't write (Hurt), a reluctant father hiding from his past (Whitaker), a streetwise teen with an unusual identity crisis, and Auggie's long-lost ex-girlfriend (Channing), who returns with some surprising news! (Miramax) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.
  2. 88
    Each conversation has at least one memorable line, and it's always delivered in such a casual manner that it blends right in.
  3. Knockout ensemble performances like these don't come around all that often, though, and when they do they ought to be savored.
  4. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    75
    The delight of the movie is Keitel, who finally gets to play someone who doesn't look like he's about to mug you.
  5. A showcase for Wang's greatest strengths as a film maker: a chance to explore friendships, connections and random serendipities.
  6. An inviting but evanescent film that does have casualness, curiosity value and a lot of talent on its side.
  7. Despite a certain grace in the dialogue and casual plot construction, this is positively reeking of a desire to be cheerful in the face of adversity.

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  1. TimB.
    Feb 7, 2006
    8
    An overall wonderful story line, that inspires the best of a person. The story does have its dull moments, and does leave for individual An overall wonderful story line, that inspires the best of a person. The story does have its dull moments, and does leave for individual conclusions to be made in the end. Secrets and smoke hang over the characters, but end the end, the smoke seems to clear, revealing a nicely worked story line between the characters. Expand