Smile Reviews

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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
April 6, 2005
All the shallow, self-absorbed denizens of Malibu seem relieved.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 23, 2005
Kramer may have felt that American audiences would have wanted to follow an American heroine, but it's Lin's story that resonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 26, 2005
Feels like a school project that has its heart in the right place if not the skills to produce something with depth and emotional heft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2005
There's little doubt that a nonfiction film would have been more powerful than this strained drama, which offers a Malibu brat as the audience's point of identification.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 8, 2005
Overall, it's pretty elementary stuff, along the lines of a Disney Channel TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2005
Smile is like a dose of cod liver oil: It may be good for you, but it's no fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 7, 2005
Well-meaning but dramatically lopsided tearjerker bogs down in generic teen angst and domestic squabbling.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 5, 2005
Good cause, bad movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 5, 2005
This drama, which was bankrolled by the people behind the international Operation Smile program, has the best of intentions. But it's so painfully earnest that it becomes insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 26, 2005
However worthy the sentiment, this one won't leave viewers with a smile.
| Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
April 22, 2005
Despite terrific China locales and some capable castmembers (notably Wang), the flick gets bogged down by Jeffrey Kramer's strained scriptwriting and unrestrained direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 21, 2005
This movie's so filled with admirable intentions that they practically spill onto the screen before it starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 26, 2005
Sure, it's mushy, but you can't make a movie called Smile and not be at least a wee bit saccharine about your intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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