• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jason Ruscio
    In Theaters:
    Sep 22, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 18, 2007
  • Kindred Media Group


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Laura Smiles Reviews

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 8, 2007
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 2, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie Little Children wanted to be.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

August 2, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. 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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 2, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Could have used much more of the sly and subtle humor that only occasionally pops up.

August 2, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 27, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Ruscio's script is grim and darkly funny, but the big attraction is Wright's right-on performance. She's an actress waiting to be discovered.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 27, 2007
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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It's an interesting profile in self-destruction until the script becomes unhinged itself and has Laura doing things that are not so much outrageous as hilariously stupid.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 27, 2007
Joshua Land
Time Out
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The movie's muddy, overexposed look is tough on the eyes, but its unrelentingly bleak take on the land of supermarkets and car dealerships is not without its share of dark humor, and it thankfully eschews easy answers.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

July 26, 2007
Charles Petersen
Village Voice
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It would be difficult to come up with a more clichéd indie film than writer-director Jason Ruscio's Laura Smiles.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 24, 2007
Ronnie Scheib
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Sharp dialogue, idiosyncratic characters and a wickedly brilliant structure that subtly derails expectation make Laura Smiles a rarity among mellers.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 9, 2007
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