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Smiley Face Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 28, 2008
Anna Faris receives a well-deserved spotlight role, and her funniest character to date, in director Gregg Araki's stoner comedy Smiley Face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 20, 2008
This stoner romp is great farcical fun, even if it never seems to get anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
January 18, 2008
Anna Faris is radiantly daft; she keeps the movie going all by herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
December 28, 2007
Despite its laid-back script, Smiley Face is as prankishly political as Mr. Araki's Doom Generation...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
December 28, 2007
Dylan Haggerty has written an eleventh-hour candidate for the funniest movie of 2007, that Gregg Araki has directed his finest film since 1997's Nowhere, and that Faris, flawless, rocks their inspired idiot odyssey in a virtuoso comedic turn.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 26, 2007
Working from a script by TV actor Dylan Haggerty, [director] Araki manages to capture what he's been trying to say all along about the lives of the stoned and indifferent with the kind of effortlessness those earlier attempts sorely lacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 26, 2007
It's a fittingly loose, shambling little nothing of a comedy that's occasionally inspired, but at least a draft or two short of its potential. Still, it's a pleasure to watch Faris wander slack-jawed through a surreal day in Los Angeles.
| Original Score: B
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 26, 2007
One shudders to think what Smiley Face might have been with someone like Paris Hilton in the role. But Faris has this character -- a bright, sweet college graduate with a temporarily incapacitated brain -- down perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
December 23, 2007
Anna Faris is alternately hilarious and annoying in this stoner comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Erik Childress
December 21, 2007
This is a full-force, all-purpose performance by Faris with the kind of grace that would get winks from the likes of silent screen greats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
December 21, 2007
Smiley Face belongs to Faris, an actress who is some kind of treasure.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
December 21, 2007
Faris gamely goes Garbo and Lombard one better, taking her cute little firecracker looks and being willing to go full-out to appear appropriately, hilariously awful when the story calls for it.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 19, 2007
A fast-moving, surprisingly varied take on a pretty standard concept: It's basically Martin Scorsese's After Hours Lite, as told by Cheech and Chong.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2007
An unabashed valentine to Anna Faris, an opportunity for the actress to show that she can carry a movie composed of often hilarious nonstop misadventures.
| Original Score: 4/5
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
November 16, 2007
With a madcap script by Dylan Haggerty and a bubbly and inventive performance from Anna Faris, as well as a succinct running time, Smiley Face manages to sustain itself, and only the hard-hearted and humorless would feel that it overstays its welcome.
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L.A. Weekly
November 15, 2007
It's a blast.
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2007
Viewers who like outrageous midnight movies will be disappointed by this mildly amusing trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jette Kernion
April 4, 2007
The storyline is slight and the film succeeds only because of Faris's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Zack Haddad
Film Threat
January 30, 2007
A decent diversion for those who are into comedies that are different than your standard fare. The visuals are great, the comedy is new and refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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