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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-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. 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.
  5. A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Pretty to look at but contrived and somewhat stagy.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 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