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Smart People Reviews

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Kevin Craft
Miami Herald
April 6, 2015
Unfortunately, Smart People has nothing original to say about its characters' dilemmas, but is content to tread waters that previous films have navigated with more humor and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 6, 2010
Doesn't exactly oust The Royal Tenenbaums or The Squid and the Whale, but this family-go-round sitcom is a lot more accessible.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Noam Murro's direction follows a sitcom blueprint
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Smart People is a film of chuckles about smart but chuckle-headed people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
James Rocchi
October 18, 2008
It's so well-made, so well-acted and so impressively (for lack of a better word) smart that anyone who seeks it out will find something to admire and enjoy in its craft and heart.
Cath Clarke
October 18, 2008
Smarter than your average romantic comedy it may be, but this family-dysfunction indie is playing it a bit safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
October 18, 2008
Award-winning commercial director Noam Murro helms a fine cast playing all-too-familiar roles.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Cutesy early and then becomes more complicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Heather Huntington
September 8, 2008
All atmosphere and no plot makes Smart People a dull watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
August 27, 2008
... a deadly dull narrative about four depressed stereotypes who spend an hour and a half going from unhappy to slightly less unhappy.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 24, 2008
The charm of Smart People is watching these characters squirm and eventually come out of their shells.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 18, 2008
Even in pointing out the falseness of talking down to people for the sake of coming across as intelligent, Smart People does just that.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 11, 2008
Dennis Quaid and Ellen Page stand out here as a father and daughter who may have high IQ's -- but rate below zero in terms of their human relations skills.
Geoff Berkshire
August 11, 2008
Works too hard to achieve a quirky tone that should come effortlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 11, 2008
...succeeds more as an actor's showcase than as a fully-realized, consistently compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
August 8, 2008
A cast of such sad sacks, that it's pretty astonishing when the lusty sparks begin to fly between any of them, and with an overload of brain power coming across as some kind of mental impairment. Sarah Jessica Parker's Sex and the UniverCity comedown.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
It wanders all over the place before ending abruptly. With the talent involved, it seems like such a waste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
Dennis Quaid is the college professor of your nightmares in the dryly humorous, laid-back comedy 'Smart People.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
June 3, 2008
This is yet another indie populated by quirky characters %u2013 it's no surprise that it came out of Sundance %u2013 but for once, it doesn't overdo the quirk, minus a few exceptions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 22, 2008
Audiences who love seeing cranky, emotionally blocked characters find a chance to bloom will be happy to endure the withering onscreen insults but I didn't have much use for these dyspeptic folks and was happy to see them go.
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