Hide Your Smiling Faces Reviews

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.
July 31, 2014
The slow burning, coming-of-age tale lacks momentum and struggles to engage with the audience on an emotional level.
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.
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.
Top Critic
March 27, 2014
[It] focuses on unspoken adolescent feelings instead of familiar puerile events, with clichs held at arm's length. Unfortunately, Hide Your Smiling Faces is so slow it could use a few action sequences to speed things up.
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.
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.
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