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A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.
Each conversation has at least one memorable line, and it's always delivered in such a casual manner that it blends right in.
Knockout ensemble performances like these don't come around all that often, though, and when they do they ought to be savored.
A beguiling film about words, secrets and tobacco.
Christian Science Monitor
The action is talky and philosophical but in sweet celebration of everyman going nowhere.
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.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.
San Francisco Chronicle
A showcase for Wang's greatest strengths as a film maker: a chance to explore friendships, connections and random serendipities.
The New York Times
An inviting but evanescent film that does have casualness, curiosity value and a lot of talent on its side.
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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