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  • Summary: Elena Gallenti (Livia De Paolis) is an anthropology graduate student struggling to complete her thesis on modern means of communication. All that changes when she meets her new boyfriend's (Michael Cristofer) teenage kids (Miles Chandler and Diane Guerrero), who are going through their own journeys of self-discovery. Through these relationships and the help of her PhD advisor (Carol Kane), Elena comes to a better understanding of how to navigate love and intimacy in the digital age. Ultimately they develop a bond that strikes a balance between the old world and the new, and everyone's longing to find true emotional sense in both. [Indican Pictures] Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 29, 2014
    50
    While the screenplay by De Paolis and Sarah Nerboso falters in its melodramatic plot elements, its incisive characterizations and well-drawn smaller moments provide some compensation.
  2. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    May 28, 2014
    40
    Despite its slim 79-minute runtime, Emoticon ;) is crammed with a startling number of subplots, which mostly struggle to address some of the large issues they present and subsequently abandon.
  3. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    May 29, 2014
    40
    Director-star Livia De Paolis sets out to reassure everybody that the Internet won't destroy all relationships in her agreeable but unnecessary family drama Emoticon ;).
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    May 27, 2014
    30
    Emoticon ;), a vanity project written, directed, starring, and sung by Livia De Paolis, is a grown-up's weird idea of how kids behave.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    May 29, 2014
    30
    With its underwritten characters (especially Walter) and scenes, it seems like a generic ABC Family plotline melded to a commercial for Facebook, Twitter and Skype.

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