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I Smile Back (2015)

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Critic Consensus: I Smile Back serves as a powerful showcase for Sarah Silverman's dramatic range, but fails to surround her committed performance with a movie worthy of its depth.

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Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves. -- (C) Broad Green Pictures

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Cast

Sarah Silverman
as Laney Brooks
Josh Charles
as Bruce Brooks
Skylar Gaertner
as Eli Brooks
Shayne Coleman
as Janey Brooks
Terry Kinney
as Dr. Page
Sean Reda
as Henry
Cynthia Darlow
as Mrs. Kosinski
Kristin Griffith
as Nurse Pauline
Clark Jackson
as Mr. Odesky
Brian Koppelman
as David Blackman
Emma Ishta
as Katrina
Michael Sharits
as Bartender
Mia Katigbak
as Mrs. Mattingly
Gregory Dann
as Quaker State
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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (26)

Silverman delivers a knockout performance - any memories of her scatalogical stand-up act are washed away in an instant. But her intense commitment to the depths of depression belongs in a better, more focused, less derivative film.

Full Review… | December 4, 2015
Globe and Mail
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I Smile Back isn't a candy-coated, noble depiction of addiction and the toll it takes on families, but rather a bleak yet honest look at how regular people lose themselves, and how difficult it can be to find the way back.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

I Smile Back pummels with nastiness, then moves from one shocking event to the next without a backward glance.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Silverman's performance, while good, is by no means great, and she is not able to transcend what amounts to a little too much sweetness and light in this cinematic "Smile."

Full Review… | November 5, 2015
Seattle Times
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Silverman is far and away the best part of "I Smile Back," a strained entry in the Mad Housewife genre.

Full Review… | November 5, 2015
Boston Globe
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A tough, unbending, sometimes brutally truthful profile of one woman's addiction and the havoc it wreaks on herself and just about everyone who matters to her.

November 5, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for I Smile Back

Sarah Silverman is captivating as a depressed suburban housewife battling addiction and self hatred issues. Her best work yet.

solidity quark
solidity quark

I really liked this movie. Ok so I have the biggest crush on Sarah Silverman already, but she did a tremendous job. Very sad to see a person struggle with happiness.

Christopher Bianco
Christopher Bianco

Addiction drama throws curveball with comedian as its lead. Unfortunately Silverman's strong performance is detracted by a MOW growing pains script. Bit of a downer. See instead: Clean and Sober

Jeff NYC
Jeff NYC

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