Smile (2005)



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Two girls born at the same time on different sides of the world are brought together by an act of mercy in this drama. Katie (Mika Boorem) is a high-school student who has grown up in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. While Katie has never had to want for material things, she feels a certain dissatisfaction in her life, and between dealing with her combative parents (Beau Bridges and Linda Hamilton), her sexually aggressive boyfriend (Erik von Detten), and a mysterious boy who has caught her eye … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jeff Kramer, Jeffrey Kramer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
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as Katie

as Bridgette

as Daniel's Wife

as Mr. Matthews

as Calvin

as Brittany
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Critic Reviews for Smile

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

Sure, it's mushy, but you can't make a movie called Smile and not be at least a wee bit saccharine about your intentions.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Miami Herald
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This movie's so filled with admirable intentions that they practically spill onto the screen before it starts.

Full Review… | April 21, 2005
Top Critic

There's little doubt that a nonfiction film would have been more powerful than this strained drama, which offers a Malibu brat as the audience's point of identification.

April 8, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Overall, it's pretty elementary stuff, along the lines of a Disney Channel TV movie.

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Well-meaning but dramatically lopsided tearjerker bogs down in generic teen angst and domestic squabbling.

Full Review… | April 7, 2005
Top Critic

Smile is like a dose of cod liver oil: It may be good for you, but it's no fun.

Full Review… | April 7, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Smile


This started out as a completely teen movie. Took forever to get to the point of the story, which was the children in Asia who are born disfigured and American Doctors travel there each year to perform corrective surgery. We have the average teen of today who travels with class mates to help with project, she is totally blown away by the children as they check into the hospital. But she has a special interest in one girl born on the same day as her. Turns into a tear jerker, I can only give it 3 stars as it took forever to get beyond our young teen in California.

Bruce Bruce

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Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

This film has two stories going on at the same time until they overlap. A poor Chinese father adopts a little girl with a cleft palate and a whiny, selfish, annoying teenage girl from Malibu struggles with her boyfriend pressuring her to have sex. Curious about Operation Smile and how she can help, she takes a trip to China as a volunteer with a medical team who help give operations to those in financial need. It's a very uplifting movie with a great cast. It really makes me wonder if the actor who plays Lin really had a cleft palette and then they gave her an operation or if they put one heck of a really great make-up job on her.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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