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Laura Smiles Reviews

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August 8, 2007
Ms. Wright and all her acting colleagues provide very persuasive performances amid the shifting perspectives of Mr. Ruscio's convoluted storytelling.
August 2, 2007
The movie Little Children wanted to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 2, 2007
It casts an increasingly hypnotic spell, thanks in no small measure to Wright - a fearless actress (and the real-life wife of writer-director Ruscio) who brings this sometimes despicable, often heartbreaking character to life with every atom of her being.
July 27, 2007
Unlike many filmmakers who try to stake out the gray area between mundane reality and sleazy surreality, Ruscio maintains a successful balance throughout and gracefully brings the two together in a delicately ambiguous final scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2007
The movie's muddy, overexposed look is tough on the eyes, but its unrelentingly bleak take on the land of supermarkets and car dealerships is not without its share of dark humor, and it thankfully eschews easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
July 9, 2007
Sharp dialogue, idiosyncratic characters and a wickedly brilliant structure that subtly derails expectation make Laura Smiles a rarity among mellers.
August 2, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 2, 2007
Could have used much more of the sly and subtle humor that only occasionally pops up.
July 30, 2007
The film hardly registers as an open-wound document of a spirit more lost than she cares to confront. Instead, Laura Smiles exists somewhere in the middle, frozen by its pretension and incapacity to engage.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 30, 2007
The film unfortunately ends as just another misguided indie, artily straining for substance.
July 27, 2007
Part domestic drama, part thriller, Laura Smiles is so ambitious that its ultimate failure is more depressing than anything in its dark script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 27, 2007
It's an interesting profile in self-destruction until the script becomes unhinged itself and has Laura doing things that are not so much outrageous as hilariously stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 27, 2007
Laura Smiles teaches us that you can't escape misery, least of all in Jersey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 24, 2007
It would be difficult to come up with a more clichéd indie film than writer-director Jason Ruscio's Laura Smiles.
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