Hide Your Smiling Faces Reviews

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Chris Buckle
The Skinny
November 5, 2014
Despite its languid pacing, there's an underlying unease that never entirely relaxes its grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]
August 15, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Romney
Observer [UK]
August 4, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
August 1, 2014
Hide Your Smiling Faces is a beautifully shot, highly stylised portrait of American adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 1, 2014
With a low-key pace and extremely loose plot, this introspective drama gets deep under the skin as it explores a pivotal summer for two brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
July 31, 2014
Paced with steady assurance, this gentle bildungsroman is a impressive debut from director Daniel Patrick Carbone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 31, 2014
A promising first film from Daniel Patrick Carbone but it is awfully slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leslie Felperin
Guardian
July 31, 2014
Ripe with telling details and atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex King
Little White Lies
July 31, 2014
Short on answers, but asks lots of questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
July 31, 2014
The slow burning, coming-of-age tale lacks momentum and struggles to engage with the audience on an emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 31, 2014
The landscapes are the best part of the film's power: woodlands grey with mist and rain; seasons grudging with their colours; a woody gorge spanned by a mouldering, spectacular viaduct that becomes a character - a kind of devil ex machina - all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
The List
July 29, 2014
Moments of more traditional light relief aside, Carbone distinguishes himself from the pack with a debut that's for the most part brooding and spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
July 28, 2014
Providing the magnetic counter-balance for the plot's drift, Ryan Jones and Nathan Varnson give natural performances as small-town brothers rocked by a friend's death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
July 4, 2014
Hide Your Smiling Faces is a magnificent portrait and Carbone's paintbrush laid strokes of love, anger, confusion, and a rainbow of emotions to indulge the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 23, 2014
A meditation on death about two young brothers dealing with the sudden death of a friend and all the other losses around them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 11, 2014
Carbone has a voice, an eye, and one would guess had a boyhood in a mild wild like the one the brothers eddy through. The elegant, of-course-that's-the-world cinematography is by Nick Bentgen.
Eric D. Snider
About.com
April 11, 2014
An evocative rumination on adolescence... honest, impressionistic portrayal of youthful summertime memories
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 10, 2014
[Features an] outsider perspective, authentic locations, unforced naturalism, and fresh, improvisatory work by first-time actors.
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 10, 2014
It has the tender, unexpected devastation of poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
April 6, 2014
Daniel Patrick Carbone puts in so much of his resource into the texture and background of his setting that he neglects the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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