Laura Smiles

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Repressed memories start to resurface for an unhappy housewife (Petra Wright) in suburbia.

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Critic Reviews for Laura Smiles

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (8)

  • Ms. Wright and all her acting colleagues provide very persuasive performances amid the shifting perspectives of Mr. Ruscio's convoluted storytelling.

    August 8, 2007

    Andrew Sarris

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  • Ruscio would rather add forced narrative complications than get to the actual core of what he's tossing out there, the sacrifices made in the name of relationships, dreams dashed or discarded.

    August 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie Little Children wanted to be.

    August 2, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Could have used much more of the sly and subtle humor that only occasionally pops up.

    August 2, 2007
  • Part domestic drama, part thriller, Laura Smiles is so ambitious that its ultimate failure is more depressing than anything in its dark script.

    July 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Ruscio's script is grim and darkly funny, but the big attraction is Wright's right-on performance. She's an actress waiting to be discovered.

    July 27, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Laura Smiles

  • Jul 29, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Laura Smiles," Laura(Petra Wright) seems to be the perfect housewife living in suburbia. She is married to Mark(Mark Derwin), a kind insurance executive, and mother to an eight-year old boy. But something is missing...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Nine years before, she had been an actress in off-off-Broadway plays, engaged to a writer, Chris(Kip Pardue), who had just completed his first novel. Then, tragedy struck...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Laura Smiles" is an intriguing movie about how the perfect life may not be perfect for everyone. The film's structure reflects how much the lead character is disconnected, as she lives her life partially in the past when she was happiest. In the present, Laura is sleepwalking, passing as happy to everyone around her.[/font]
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