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Laura Smiles

Laura Smiles (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 5

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A woman haunted by the untimely death of her former fiancée attempts to ease her psychic suffering by marrying another man and living the idealistic suburban life in director Jason Ruscio's vivid existential drama. Laura (Petra Wright) was in her mid-twenties when her fiancée Chris (Kip Pardue) was stricken down by a taxi in the streets of Manhattan. Flash forward nine years and Laura has remarried and given birth to a child, yet the pain of her past prompts her to embark into a series of

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Sep 18, 2007

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Ms. Wright and all her acting colleagues provide very persuasive performances amid the shifting perspectives of Mr. Ruscio's convoluted storytelling.

August 8, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Ruscio would rather add forced narrative complications than get to the actual core of what he's tossing out there, the sacrifices made in the name of relationships, dreams dashed or discarded.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The movie Little Children wanted to be.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It casts an increasingly hypnotic spell, thanks in no small measure to Wright - a fearless actress (and the real-life wife of writer-director Ruscio) who brings this sometimes despicable, often heartbreaking character to life with every atom of her being.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Could have used much more of the sly and subtle humor that only occasionally pops up.

August 2, 2007
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Part domestic drama, part thriller, Laura Smiles is so ambitious that its ultimate failure is more depressing than anything in its dark script.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film hardly registers as an open-wound document of a spirit more lost than she cares to confront. Instead, Laura Smiles exists somewhere in the middle, frozen by its pretension and incapacity to engage.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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The film unfortunately ends as just another misguided indie, artily straining for substance.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unlike many filmmakers who try to stake out the gray area between mundane reality and sleazy surreality, Ruscio maintains a successful balance throughout and gracefully brings the two together in a delicately ambiguous final scene.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Laura Smiles teaches us that you can't escape misery, least of all in Jersey.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Laura Smiles," Laura(Petra Wright) seems to be the perfect housewife living in suburbia. She is married to Mark(Mark Derwin), a kind insurance executive, and mother to an eight-year old boy. But something is missing...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Nine years before, she had been an actress in off-off-Broadway plays, engaged to a writer, Chris(Kip Pardue), who had just completed his first novel. Then, tragedy struck...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Laura Smiles" is an intriguing movie about how the perfect life may not be perfect for everyone. The film's structure reflects how much the lead character is disconnected, as she lives her life partially in the past when she was happiest. In the present, Laura is sleepwalking, passing as happy to everyone around her.[/font]
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