(1995)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

Based on 15 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.
88
ReelViews
Each conversation has at least one memorable line, and it's always delivered in such a casual manner that it blends right in.
78
Knockout ensemble performances like these don't come around all that often, though, and when they do they ought to be savored.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
A beguiling film about words, secrets and tobacco.
75
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.
75
A showcase for Wang's greatest strengths as a film maker: a chance to explore friendships, connections and random serendipities.
75
Christian Science Monitor
The action is talky and philosophical but in sweet celebration of everyman going nowhere.
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.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.
70
Pretty to look at but contrived and somewhat stagy.

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