We gave it a B+
The uncredited star of the rambling cult comedy Smoke (originally scheduled to hit stores last December) is the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, an area that mashes New York City’s classes together with rare grace. But while it aspires to that same low-rent, cross-cultural feel, Smoke dissipates into thin air. Hurt is eerily perfect as a yuppie novelist who’s become distracted and rude since his wife’s death, but Keitel plays it a little too cute as the local cigar-store owner who befriends him. The movie has an anecdotal feel that makes it a pleasantly homey video experience, though director Wayne Wang and writer Paul Auster push the fabulist aspect of Park Slope a shade too hard.