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Writer Paul Benjamin is nearly hit by a bus when he leaves Auggie Wren's smoke shop. Stranger Rashid Cole saves his life, and soon middle-aged Paul tells homeless Rashid that he wouldn't mind a short-term housemate. Still grieving over his wife's murder, Paul is moved by both Rashid's quest to reconnect with his father and Auggie's discovery that a woman who might be his daughter is about to give birth.

Actors: Harvey Keitel , William Hurt , Giancarlo Esposito , José Zúñiga , Stephen Gevedon , Jared Harris , Harold Perrineau , Forest Whitaker , Stockard Channing , Ashley Judd
Directors: Wayne Wang , Paul Auster
Release: 1995-06-09
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  • Peter Travers

    A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • 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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

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

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A beguiling film about words, secrets and tobacco.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

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

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Barbara Shulgasser

    The delight of the movie is Keitel, who finally gets to play someone who doesn't look like he's about to mug you.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Pretty to look at but contrived and somewhat stagy.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    An inviting but evanescent film that does have casualness, curiosity value and a lot of talent on its side.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Stratton

    Too often goes off on a tangent with unessential anecdotes and then fails to deliver in more important areas.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    A wonderfully unhurried and precious yarn.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    A celebration of buddies and butts, it's an unconventionally structured, wonderfully acted group portrait of the regulars at a Brooklyn cigar store.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jeff Danziger

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

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
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