• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Gregg Araki
    In Theaters:
    Nov 16, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 8, 2008
  • First Look Media


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Smiley Face Reviews

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Michael Dequina

Faris's prodigious comic gifts can only go so far with a one-note premise.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 27, 2008
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A limp, unfunny time-waster.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

October 22, 2008
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Anna Faris receives a well-deserved spotlight role, and her funniest character to date, in director Gregg Araki's stoner comedy Smiley Face.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

August 28, 2008

Smiley Face semble avoir été écrit en quatrième vitesse sur un coin de table par un étudiant passant le plus clair de son temps caché à fumer autre chose que des cigarettes

Full Review Source: Panorama | Original Score: 3/10

August 7, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This stoner romp is great farcical fun, even if it never seems to get anywhere.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Anna Faris is radiantly daft; she keeps the movie going all by herself.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...there's simply no overlooking the pervading vibe of silliness.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 9, 2008
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Despite its laid-back script, Smiley Face is as prankishly political as Mr. Araki's Doom Generation...

| Original Score: 3.5/5

December 28, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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Dylan Haggerty has written an eleventh-hour candidate for the funniest movie of 2007, that Gregg Araki has directed his finest film since 1997's Nowhere, and that Faris, flawless, rocks their inspired idiot odyssey in a virtuoso comedic turn.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 28, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Maybe this is funny if you're actually stoned. When taken sober, not so much.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 26, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Working from a script by TV actor Dylan Haggerty, [director] Araki manages to capture what he's been trying to say all along about the lives of the stoned and indifferent with the kind of effortlessness those earlier attempts sorely lacked.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 26, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It's a fittingly loose, shambling little nothing of a comedy that's occasionally inspired, but at least a draft or two short of its potential. Still, it's a pleasure to watch Faris wander slack-jawed through a surreal day in Los Angeles.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

December 26, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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One shudders to think what Smiley Face might have been with someone like Paris Hilton in the role. But Faris has this character -- a bright, sweet college graduate with a temporarily incapacitated brain -- down perfect.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 26, 2007
Harvey S. Karten

Anna Faris is alternately hilarious and annoying in this stoner comedy.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

December 23, 2007
Erik Childress

This is a full-force, all-purpose performance by Faris with the kind of grace that would get winks from the likes of silent screen greats.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2007
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Smiley Face belongs to Faris, an actress who is some kind of treasure.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News

December 21, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Faris gamely goes Garbo and Lombard one better, taking her cute little firecracker looks and being willing to go full-out to appear appropriately, hilariously awful when the story calls for it.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 21, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The real reason to invest your time is Anna Faris, America's best-kept comedy secret and long overdue for the kind of major stardom her male counterparts enjoy as a matter of course.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

December 20, 2007
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Araki's latest is surprisingly mellow in its examination of ganja-fueled apathy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2007

New York Magazine/Vulture
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Basically a sketch padded out to feature length, the film constantly hovers on the edge between amiable and annoying.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 17, 2007
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