His movies are known for their distinctive vision and dialogue, but are sometimes criticized for crude humour, limited attention to plot development, and technical amateurishness. Smith's films are often set in his home state of New Jersey and stuffed with pop culture references, particularly to the Star Wars movies. He appears in all of his movies as the rarely-speaking character Silent Bob.
Smith is a noted comic book author who has written for Daredevil, Green Arrow, and Black Cat. He has also written three original comic books based on his movies: Clerks, Chasing Dogma, and Bluntman and Chronic.
The Phantom Edit, an edited version of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was at one time rumored to be his creation, though he denied this. The phantom editor was later revealed to be Mike J. Nichols.
Filmography (as writer and director):