Hide Your Smiling Faces Reviews

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April 11, 2014
An evocative rumination on adolescence... honest, impressionistic portrayal of youthful summertime memories
April 10, 2014
[Features an] outsider perspective, authentic locations, unforced naturalism, and fresh, improvisatory work by first-time actors.
April 10, 2014
It has the tender, unexpected devastation of poetry.
April 6, 2014
Daniel Patrick Carbone puts in so much of his resource into the texture and background of his setting that he neglects the plot.
April 3, 2014
There's a startling stillness about the film, especially the opening scenes, that becomes a character in itself and helps to avoid softness.
March 31, 2014
All in all, Smiling Faces is a strongly promising first effort, introducing a talented filmmaker who's still in the process of finding his own voice.
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.
March 31, 2014
Hide Your Smiling Faces gives us something touching, tremendous, and new.
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 30, 2014
Quickly and assuredly, writer-director Carbone puts us in the mood of these languorous summer days.
March 28, 2014
Highlighting the inexplicable beauty in nature while presenting his young characters with ravaging existentialism makes for an alluring, tense, beautiful experience
March 28, 2014
This lyrical drama announces the arrival of a talented young director with a keen grasp of youth; a man who presents a truthful vision of how death impacts soon-to-be men differently depending on their ages.
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.
March 27, 2014
"Hide Your Smiling Faces" conveys life as the boys experience it: a pungent mixture of boredom, curiosity, fear and mischievousness, along with an anxious sense of being trapped.
March 27, 2014
While there's little dialogue and no music, the naturalist filmmaking is anything but boring. The tension lends weight to the everyday business of being a young person with time on your hands.
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 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.
March 25, 2014
At times a tad too oblique for its own good, Hide Your Smiling Faces nonetheless casts a potent spell, delivering a disquieting portrait of masculine rage and fear over lives perched on the precipice of an abyss.
March 25, 2014
Environment is very much a character here, and it's movingly apparent that Carbone, with sensitive cooperation from cinematographer Nick Bentgen, shot the film where he grew up.
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