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Hide Your Smiling Faces Reviews

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Wes Greene
Slant Magazine

Daniel Patrick Carbone's pensive style, so dotted with ethnographic detail, is interested in revealing a world in flux, but his fixation on death is so incessant that it situates the film as a morose fetish object.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 25, 2014
Jennifer Tate

The slow burning, coming-of-age tale lacks momentum and struggles to engage with the audience on an emotional level.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2014
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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A self-serious, obviously heartfelt mood-piece which would have benefited from a bit more clarity and a lot less drifty, indie-by-numbers vagueness

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2013
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
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
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
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]

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 Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 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
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
Carlos Aguilar
Movie Mezzanine

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
Caitlin Hughes
Film School Rejects

Ultimately, it's difficult to avoid drawing comparisons to Stand By Me. And yes, there are many. But Hide Your Smiling Faces is a unique and thoughtful film.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A

March 26, 2014
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

Delicately shot with a sense of intimacy, but never precious, Hide Your Smiling Faces invites you to be as inquisitive about the world as these boys are and to maybe even experience it through their eyes.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A

April 24, 2013
Alex King
Little White Lies

Short on answers, but asks lots of questions.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

July 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
Michael Arbeiter

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 31, 2014
Guy Lodge
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Narratively oblique yet emotionally acute.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 21, 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
Jordan Hoffman
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A small gem from someone to watch.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

April 30, 2013
Nick Schager
Film Journal International

At times a tad too oblique for its own good, Hide Your Smiling Faces nonetheless casts a potent spell, delivering a disquieting portrait of masculine rage and fear over lives perched on the precipice of an abyss.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 25, 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
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