Smiley Face Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
December 28, 2007
Despite its laid-back script, Smiley Face is as prankishly political as Mr. Araki's Doom Generation...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
December 28, 2007
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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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New York Magazine/Vulture
December 17, 2007
Basically a sketch padded out to feature length, the film constantly hovers on the edge between amiable and annoying.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2007
An unabashed valentine to Anna Faris, an opportunity for the actress to show that she can carry a movie composed of often hilarious nonstop misadventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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L.A. Weekly
November 15, 2007
It's a blast.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 16, 2007
A pure, mostly dumb comedy, it's the tale of one impossibly out-of-it girl, Anna Faris' Jane F., who spends her day stumbling from mishap to mishap in an effort to avoid her drug dealer's wrath.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 27, 2007
In Faris, pic has a comedienne with the ability to wring endless variations on a limited theme (the 'I'm-so-baked' one) and she pretty much single-handedly compensates for anything lacking.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 24, 2007
Gregg Araki's latest foray into the slacker underbelly of suburban L.A., Smiley Face, has a wonderful performance by Anna Faris and one of the all-time great stoner monologues in movie history.