Smiley Reviews

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October 17, 2012
The storytelling gets repetitive, but there is enough here to make Smiley feel fresh and more or less satisfying as a low-key creeper.
October 11, 2012
This remainder-bin horror movie is impossible to take seriously.
October 11, 2012
Internet chat rooms provide the dubious hook for this generic slasher movie.
October 11, 2012
This film will not do for the Internet what Psycho did for showers-no more computers have to be smashed because of it.
October 10, 2012
[A] by-the-numbers slasher pic.
October 9, 2012
Smiley's face, or lack of one, is the single creepy effect in the limited trick bag of first-time writer-director Michael Gallagher, age 24, who otherwise relies, again and again, on false-scare musical shrieks to make audiences jump.
November 25, 2013
Think Candyman for the Twitter generation.
March 14, 2013
While it's easy to appreciate Gallagher tackling the fruitful subject of Internet urban legends...it's a scratch on the surface. Maybe he's just looking to get the ball rolling, but Smiley is likely to be buried in the bargain bin.
February 12, 2013
Feels like a late-arriving film class homework assignment that the students didn't really care about.
February 11, 2013
It's amazing what a killer mask and a smarter than expected ending can do to a mediocrity like Smiley
February 7, 2013
A thunderously stupid horror movie of slapdash construction and ping-pong tonalities.
January 14, 2013
A genre failure on every conceivable level...
October 15, 2012
Mostly it fails, due in large part to the poor acting, low production values, and a weak script that bogs down what might otherwise have been an interesting film.
October 14, 2012
YouTube transplant Gallagher's freshman effort is doggedly formulaic -- his blood-smeared Smiley is a sock-puppet boogeyman, a low-rent knockoff of Candyman and Ghostface.
October 13, 2012
It's nice to see that Gallagher may be trying to tap into something that will talk specifically to his generation but at the same time he's not willing to cop out to all the current horror trends in making his film.
October 12, 2012
Just about any of the films it rips off would be superior choices.
October 12, 2012
One of the most inept movies of 2012. The only thing truly scary about this terror film is that somebody paid to have it produced.
October 12, 2012
Smiley's story is wasted on terrible horror execution, creating a frustrating and tiring watch filled with inside internet jokes most older viewers will not be LOL-ing about.
October 12, 2012
Smiley the boogeyman may or may not be a joke, but Smiley the movie definitely is.
October 11, 2012
A modest, low-budget horror movie with some effective ideas and an engaging lead performance but it clutters itself down with too much dialogue about its title character and the very concept of evil being potentially brought to physical life.
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