Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Mar 25, 2014
    100
    Featuring two exceptional lead performances from these two boys, first rate beauty-in-ugliness photography and an unusually extraordinary command of tone, Carbone’s picture skillfully articulates the inexpressible.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 27, 2014
    90
    As the local boys (there are no girls) explore the natural world in summer, this gorgeously photographed movie bombards you with imagined scents of ripeness and decay.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 28, 2014
    88
    What elevates Hide Your Smiling Faces is Carbone's gentle, lyrical touch where other filmmakers would have turned the same thematic concerns into melodrama.
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Jul 28, 2014
    80
    Paced with steady assurance, this gentle bildungsroman is a impressive debut from director Daniel Patrick Carbone.
  5. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Mar 28, 2014
    80
    Hide Your Smiling Faces is a striking companion piece to "It Felt Like Love," another recent coming-of-age story, this time about two young girls, from a first-time director. Hide Your Smiling Faces is not as dark as "It Felt Like Love," but like last year's "Sun Don't Shine," the films share a strong sense for the sinister, for how flirtations with new experiences, with excitement, carry a nerve-racking risk of disaster.
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Mar 27, 2014
    80
    This gem captures the unpredictability of a kid’s long summer day.
  7. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Mar 25, 2014
    80
    Assisted by the superb performances of his two young, refreshingly unaffected leads, Carbone has a profound understanding of the close but conflicted bond that exists between brothers on either side of the puberty divide.
  8. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 25, 2014
    80
    Carbone's script doesn't tell a story so much as watch the fluctuations in emotional energy here, quietly observing activities both directly and indirectly related to the loss. As a director he's patient but never sluggish, taking time to appreciate the still landscapes his characters move through.
  9. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Mar 25, 2014
    80
    The landscape is a definitive presence throughout the film, which has almost no music and very little dialogue. The film is short (approximately 80 minutes) and maintains a good sense of dread throughout.
  10. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Mar 25, 2014
    63
    Daniel Patrick Carbone's pensive style, so dotted with ethnographic detail, is interested in revealing a world in flux, but his fixation on death is so incessant that it situates the film as a morose fetish object.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 27, 2014
    60
    Smiling Faces is a strongly promising first effort, introducing a talented filmmaker who’s still in the process of finding his own voice. Still, don’t be too surprised if, three or four features down the road, it retroactively looks much more singular.
  12. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    Mar 25, 2014
    60
    Carbone minimizes dialogue and focuses instead on gestural specificity; he makes a useful inventory of boys-will-be-boys behavior — wrestling in fields, poking at scars or dead critters, shutting down on parents — and stages it in tellingly muted vignettes within the ample copses of rural New Jersey.
  13. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Mar 26, 2014
    50
    The many silences in Hide Your Smiling Faces don’t speak quite loudly enough, and the film ultimately gets bogged down by its own ponderousness.
  14. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 26, 2014
    50
    Unfortunately, Hide Your Smiling Faces is so slow it could use a few action sequences to speed things up.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Mar 25, 2014
    40
    This microbudget indie about a pair of brothers in small-town USA looks great, sports strong performances and doesn’t outstay its welcome. But it’s impossible to shake the feeling that we’ve seen all this before, and better.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 14, 2014
    9
    I think everybody can't enjoy this film because it's slow and soft, but "Hide Your Smiling Faces" serves a meaningful coming-of-age tales and makes it natural as good as the two leading performances. And moreover, the fresh and authentic location fits out the naturalism effort. Maybe you have to little bit patient to understand how great this film is. Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2014
    6
    An ambiguous, grey skied film about death and relationships set in an American countryside. The film has a nice feeling of stillness and melancholy and comes across as a coming-of-age story. Lack of meaningful dialogue meant that it should have compensated with powerful acting or remarkable style but it didn't. Cinematically it was able to create enough of a mood to serve as a relaxing watch. Full Review »