Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)



Critic Consensus: Its meditative pace and low-key approach may prove too ponderous for some, but Hide Your Smiling Faces will cast a potent spell on viewers patient enough to let it unfold.

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After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers -- nine-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) -- confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. A dreamlike portrait of adolescence unfolding over one hot, hazy summer, Hide Your Smiling Faces is a startling debut, exploring rural American life through the distorted lens of youth.(c) Tribecamore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Patrick Carbone
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Tribeca Film - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hide Your Smiling Faces

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (15)

[Features an] outsider perspective, authentic locations, unforced naturalism, and fresh, improvisatory work by first-time actors.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's a startling stillness about the film, especially the opening scenes, that becomes a character in itself and helps to avoid softness.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Traces of classic coming-of-age dramas such as Stand by Me and River's Edge are evoked in this lyrical and low-key reflection on sudden mortality and childhood's end.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Despite its languid pacing, there's an underlying unease that never entirely relaxes its grip.

Full Review… | November 5, 2014
The Skinny

The long silences and overdone symbolism make this feel like a hodgepodge of Mud, King of Summer and just about every other American indie film.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
Daily Record [UK]

Expect Daniel Patrick Carbone to have an illustrious career. And even if he doesn't, he's given us one perfectly polished jewel here.

Full Review… | August 4, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Hide Your Smiling Faces

Another low-budget film that sets tone and cinematography above story, and it doesn't help it. For the first part of the film you are rather mesmerized with the minimalist approach to the story, and the poetic nature of the images. But as the story of this group of boys progresses, I found myself less and less interested with what was going on.

What director Daniel Carbone does so well is capturing the innocence and precarious nature of middle school boys. As they get into trouble, they also have a playful tone about them. Carbone really understands this and portrays that very well. He also casts the young boys perfectly, and their journey into grief and trauma seems believable and understandable given what they experienced.

However, it's imagery and, seemingly, form-less structure begins to feel tiring, repetitive, and monotonous at times. Carbone is great at establishing the tone he wants, but over the course of the movie the tone begins to feel trying and tiring. It definitely has some solid moments, and Carbone gets the small moments right. But since the overarching structure of the plot isn't there, you don't care too much.

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