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Smart People Reviews

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Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Cutesy early and then becomes more complicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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
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+
Matthew Turner
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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+
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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-
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
Tony Medley
April 15, 2008
A funny film dealing with a serious subject of how two exceptionally smart people cope with dealing with those who don't get it as quickly or succinctly as they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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