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Smart People Reviews

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August 21, 2017
Smart People is just a funny, sturdy, touching movie about the way grief keeps on rippling.
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
February 2, 2009
Smart People is a film of chuckles about smart but chuckle-headed people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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.
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
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2008
Cutesy early and then becomes more complicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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
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
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+
May 16, 2008
This is very much a dysfunctional-drama-by-numbers and there's very little here you haven't seen elsewhere but it's worth seeing for a film-stealing performance by Thomas Haden Church.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2008
Smart People aims [at] enlisting Quaid's intelligence and self-awareness without denying him the wit and the grins that keep him so likable on screen. He handles the role well, but you couldn't say he owns it or thrives with it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 18, 2008
What is it like being stupid? Ellen Page's smart teen Vanessa asks three bimbos at the local night club. The answer is spelt out in this story about a super-bright dysfunctional family who are too dumb to work out how to make their lives work
April 16, 2008
Murro works overtime to find the humanity in his characters, and with help from the cast, the search eventually pays off.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 16, 2008
So much good work must not go overlooked. I just loved this movie because it's witty, intellectual without being pretentious, and filled with characters who are logically stressed and anxious to connect to a world outside of themselves.
April 16, 2008
Smart People is an indie film that plays the (jangle, jangle) same chords (strum, strum) as a lot of other heartfelt comedies about too-wise children and codgers taking humanity lessons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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