Smiley Reviews

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Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
March 14, 2013
While it's easy to appreciate Gallagher tackling the fruitful subject of Internet urban legends...it's a scratch on the surface. Maybe he's just looking to get the ball rolling, but Smiley is likely to be buried in the bargain bin.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
October 12, 2012
Smiley's story is wasted on terrible horror execution, creating a frustrating and tiring watch filled with inside internet jokes most older viewers will not be LOL-ing about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
October 15, 2012
Mostly it fails, due in large part to the poor acting, low production values, and a weak script that bogs down what might otherwise have been an interesting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
February 12, 2013
Feels like a late-arriving film class homework assignment that the students didn't really care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
October 9, 2012
The turgid, unnecessary and deeply stupid complexity of 'Smiley' will leave audiences frowning.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
October 12, 2012
One of the most inept movies of 2012. The only thing truly scary about this terror film is that somebody paid to have it produced.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 14, 2013
A genre failure on every conceivable level...
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
October 11, 2012
A modest, low-budget horror movie with some effective ideas and an engaging lead performance but it clutters itself down with too much dialogue about its title character and the very concept of evil being potentially brought to physical life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
February 7, 2013
A thunderously stupid horror movie of slapdash construction and ping-pong tonalities.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
October 14, 2012
YouTube transplant Gallagher's freshman effort is doggedly formulaic -- his blood-smeared Smiley is a sock-puppet boogeyman, a low-rent knockoff of Candyman and Ghostface.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 11, 2012
This remainder-bin horror movie is impossible to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
October 9, 2012
The chances of seeing a bunch of people dressed as Smiley this October 31st is giving too much credit to a project that will be forgotten before it has any chance of becoming more than a minor pop-cultural footnote.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
October 12, 2012
Just about any of the films it rips off would be superior choices.
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Smiley's face, or lack of one, is the single creepy effect in the limited trick bag of first-time writer-director Michael Gallagher, age 24, who otherwise relies, again and again, on false-scare musical shrieks to make audiences jump.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 10, 2012
[A] by-the-numbers slasher pic.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 11, 2012
This film will not do for the Internet what Psycho did for showers-no more computers have to be smashed because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 11, 2012
Internet chat rooms provide the dubious hook for this generic slasher movie.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 12, 2012
Smiley the boogeyman may or may not be a joke, but Smiley the movie definitely is.
Rosie Fletcher
Total Film
November 25, 2013
Think Candyman for the Twitter generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
February 11, 2013
It's amazing what a killer mask and a smarter than expected ending can do to a mediocrity like Smiley
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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