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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This movie's so filled with admirable intentions that they practically spill onto the screen before it starts.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Overall, it's pretty elementary stuff, along the lines of a Disney Channel TV movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
Well-meaning but dramatically lopsided tearjerker bogs down in generic teen angst and domestic squabbling.
Smile is like a dose of cod liver oil: It may be good for you, but it's no fun.
| Original Score: 1/5
All the shallow, self-absorbed denizens of Malibu seem relieved.