Hide Your Smiling Faces Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 10, 2014
[Features an] outsider perspective, authentic locations, unforced naturalism, and fresh, improvisatory work by first-time actors.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 3, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2014
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.
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March 30, 2014
Quickly and assuredly, writer-director Carbone puts us in the mood of these languorous summer days.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 28, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 27, 2014
"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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 27, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 27, 2014
[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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 26, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice
March 25, 2014
Environment is very much a character here, and it's movingly apparent that Carbone, with sensitive cooperation from cinematographer Nick Bentgen, shot the film where he grew up.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 24, 2014
Testosterone rises like mist on an early-morning lake in Daniel Patrick Carbone's grimly determined, prettily picturesque first feature.
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Guy Lodge
Variety
February 21, 2014
Narratively oblique yet emotionally acute.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2013
Patrick Carbone's arresting debut confronts mortality as its young characters do, obliquely and with confused emotions embodied convincingly by child actors Ryan Jones and Nathan Varnson.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
April 30, 2013
A small gem from someone to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10