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Hide Your Smiling Faces Reviews

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Clayton Davis

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/4

July 4, 2014
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

April 23, 2014
Ray Pride

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.

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 11, 2014
Eric D. Snider

An evocative rumination on adolescence... honest, impressionistic portrayal of youthful summertime memories

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 11, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[Features an] outsider perspective, authentic locations, unforced naturalism, and fresh, improvisatory work by first-time actors.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 10, 2014
Matt Pais

It has the tender, unexpected devastation of poetry.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 10, 2014
Mark R. Leeper
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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 Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

April 6, 2014
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 3, 2014
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve

All in all, Smiling Faces is a strongly promising first effort, introducing a talented filmmaker who's still in the process of finding his own voice.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2014
Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal
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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 Source: Wall Street Journal

March 31, 2014
Michael Arbeiter

Hide Your Smiling Faces gives us something touching, tremendous, and new.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 31, 2014
Brent Simon

It's possible for a movie to confirm the innate filmmaking gifts of its helmer while still not quite succeeding as a standalone film. Such is the case with this artful yet frustrating coming-of-age drama, which values tone over incident.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

March 31, 2014
Tomas Hachard
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Quickly and assuredly, writer-director Carbone puts us in the mood of these languorous summer days.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 30, 2014
Carlos Aguilar
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Highlighting the inexplicable beauty in nature while presenting his young characters with ravaging existentialism makes for an alluring, tense, beautiful experience

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

March 28, 2014
Brian Tallerico

This lyrical drama announces the arrival of a talented young director with a keen grasp of youth; a man who presents a truthful vision of how death impacts soon-to-be men differently depending on their ages.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 28, 2014
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's not just these children's smiling faces that are hidden here - it's everything that might make you want to search out the meaning behind them.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2014
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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"Hide Your Smiling Faces" conveys life as the boys experience it: a pungent mixture of boredom, curiosity, fear and mischievousness, along with an anxious sense of being trapped.

Full Review Source: New York Times

March 27, 2014
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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While there's little dialogue and no music, the naturalist filmmaking is anything but boring. The tension lends weight to the everyday business of being a young person with time on your hands.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2014
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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[It] focuses on unspoken adolescent feelings instead of familiar puerile events, with clichés held at arm's length. Unfortunately, Hide Your Smiling Faces is so slow it could use a few action sequences to speed things up.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

March 27, 2014
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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The many silences in "Hide Your Smiling Faces" don't speak quite loudly enough, and the film ultimately gets bogged down by its own ponderousness.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 26, 2014
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