Hide Your Smiling Faces

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 26, 2015
    60
    Ultimately, it's mostly a mood piece where not much really happens apart from the inciting incident, but as a study of childhood and adolescence (it makes a great companion piece to Richard Linklater's Boyhood) it's ripe with telling details and atmosphere.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 andI 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 andAn 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 »