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Smart People Reviews

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April 10, 2008
Neither humorous nor affecting -- and certainly not very smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 11, 2008
When you toss this many balls in the air, several are bound to be forgotten.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 9, 2008
Those who find comfort in competently made but overly familiar stories may enjoy what Smart People have to offer. For me, it was too thin to truly satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2008
REALLY smart people will probably wait for the DVD release.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2008
And since, like 99 percent of all other Sundance-type indies, Smart People is shot in the dreariest grays possible ... the movie's not much to look at, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 10, 2008
While Smart People, wouldn't necessarily have taken off with a different leading actor, Quaid's self-conscious characterization calls attention to the artificiality of the story's construction.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 27, 2009
Noam Murro's direction follows a sitcom blueprint
April 10, 2008
Smart People serves up everything you'd want in a shrewd indie picture but is strangely inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2008
Smart People is a borderline-excruciating exercise in trying to replicate the eccentric charm of Little Miss Sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
September 8, 2008
All atmosphere and no plot makes Smart People a dull watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
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
April 11, 2008
The film brandishes the same anti-intellectual cliché we've heard time and again: Extremely smart folks are inherently unpleasant, uptight and unhappy. 'Tis better to be a touch dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 9, 2008
There is a certain reassuring quality about Smart People for bright audiences, but most of the film keeps you in an agony of frustration.
April 11, 2008
In what world does Smart People exist? Clearly not the real one, though this dramedy wants to think it's filled with ironic insights about love and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 10, 2008
In this unbearably smug dramedy, the humor is nearly nonexistent and the drama will irritate you just enough to stave off a snooze.
April 10, 2008
The film certainly feels like it had more to say with these complex characters, only to be gutted by an undefined entity more interested in infuriating brevity than fulfilling storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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.
April 11, 2008
...what happens? Well, not much, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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