100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Each conversation has at least one memorable line, and it's always delivered in such a casual manner that it blends right in.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Knockout ensemble performances like these don't come around all that often, though, and when they do they ought to be savored.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

The action is talky and philosophical but in sweet celebration of everyman going nowhere.
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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.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A beguiling film about words, secrets and tobacco.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A showcase for Wang's greatest strengths as a film maker: a chance to explore friendships, connections and random serendipities.
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70

TV Guide

Pretty to look at but contrived and somewhat stagy.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.