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Hide Your Smiling Faces Reviews

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Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2014
Daniel Patrick Carbone's pensive style, so dotted with ethnographic detail, is interested in revealing a world in flux, but his fixation on death is so incessant that it situates the film as a morose fetish object.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jennifer Tate
July 31, 2014
The slow burning, coming-of-age tale lacks momentum and struggles to engage with the audience on an emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 10, 2013
A self-serious, obviously heartfelt mood-piece which would have benefited from a bit more clarity and a lot less drifty, indie-by-numbers vagueness
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 26, 2014
The many silences in "Hide Your Smiling Faces" don't speak quite loudly enough, and the film ultimately gets bogged down by its own ponderousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
March 31, 2014
It's possible for a movie to confirm the innate filmmaking gifts of its helmer while still not quite succeeding as a standalone film. Such is the case with this artful yet frustrating coming-of-age drama, which values tone over incident.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 28, 2014
It's not just these children's smiling faces that are hidden here - it's everything that might make you want to search out the meaning behind them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Record (UK)
August 15, 2014
The long silences and overdone symbolism make this feel like a hodgepodge of Mud, King of Summer and just about every other American indie film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 27, 2014
[It] focuses on unspoken adolescent feelings instead of familiar puerile events, with clichés held at arm's length. Unfortunately, Hide Your Smiling Faces is so slow it could use a few action sequences to speed things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Amanda Waltz
The Film Stage
June 7, 2016
By showing and not telling, Carbone creates a profoundly tender work made all the more affecting by his young stars' effortless performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Clayton Davis
July 4, 2014
Hide Your Smiling Faces is a magnificent portrait and Carbone's paintbrush laid strokes of love, anger, confusion, and a rainbow of emotions to indulge the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carlos Aguilar
Movie Mezzanine
March 28, 2014
Highlighting the inexplicable beauty in nature while presenting his young characters with ravaging existentialism makes for an alluring, tense, beautiful experience
Full Review | Original Score: A
Caitlin Hughes
Film School Rejects
March 26, 2014
Ultimately, it's difficult to avoid drawing comparisons to Stand By Me. And yes, there are many. But Hide Your Smiling Faces is a unique and thoughtful film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
April 24, 2013
Delicately shot with a sense of intimacy, but never precious, Hide Your Smiling Faces invites you to be as inquisitive about the world as these boys are and to maybe even experience it through their eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Alex King
Little White Lies
July 31, 2014
Short on answers, but asks lots of questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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March 30, 2014
Quickly and assuredly, writer-director Carbone puts us in the mood of these languorous summer days.
Michael Arbeiter
March 31, 2014
Hide Your Smiling Faces gives us something touching, tremendous, and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Guy Lodge
February 21, 2014
Narratively oblique yet emotionally acute.
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Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2014
Traces of classic coming-of-age dramas such as Stand by Me and River's Edge are evoked in this lyrical and low-key reflection on sudden mortality and childhood's end.
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
November 5, 2014
Despite its languid pacing, there's an underlying unease that never entirely relaxes its grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jordan Hoffman
April 30, 2013
A small gem from someone to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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