Smart People

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 78
  2. Negative: 10 out of 78

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  1. BartC.
    Apr 19, 2008
    5
    All of these "Smart People" are unique characters and are portrayed perfectly by this cast. The only fault in the dramatic comedy is the screenplay which at times is awkward and not really going anywhere. It is sad to see the actors who stayed true to their characters to have to prance around in this silly comedy where nothing really happens and nothing is resolved. If you want a silly All of these "Smart People" are unique characters and are portrayed perfectly by this cast. The only fault in the dramatic comedy is the screenplay which at times is awkward and not really going anywhere. It is sad to see the actors who stayed true to their characters to have to prance around in this silly comedy where nothing really happens and nothing is resolved. If you want a silly appealing comedy go see this film however if you want plot points and problems which are resolved don't look to this film. Expand
  2. JayH.
    Aug 7, 2008
    6
    A witty film and well acted by all, especially Thomas Haden Church. It does drag occasionally, but the there is always Ellen Page to perk things up. Nicely done, but not outstanding.
  3. muriely.
    Apr 30, 2008
    4
    Here is YET ANOTHER movie about unlikeable, miserable people who are suddenly made whole and happy by a character having a BABY! What a vile canard! What a cop-out! Why do moviemakers think that introducing an infant solves all problems? There are far too many movies lately which rely on this lame solution. That said, it was a pleasure to watch Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Page, the only Here is YET ANOTHER movie about unlikeable, miserable people who are suddenly made whole and happy by a character having a BABY! What a vile canard! What a cop-out! Why do moviemakers think that introducing an infant solves all problems? There are far too many movies lately which rely on this lame solution. That said, it was a pleasure to watch Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Page, the only live people in this dreary, slogging film, which seems leaden in spite of the intermittently witty script. Expand
  4. TonyB.
    Dec 19, 2008
    4
    Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church are the only reasons to see this one. Sara Jessica Parker is adequate in a poorly written role, but Dennis Quaid is not even that.
  5. DavidG
    May 26, 2008
    4
    Good acting, but a horrible plot. The characters make no sense, and it seems like all of the character development happens offscreen..
  6. PatrickD
    Mar 26, 2009
    5
    The problem with the movie is that it is uninspired. It's not terrible in any aspect. The acting is credible, the direction is okay, but it lacks any heart. The worst sin of the movie is that it's boring.
  7. EllenS.
    Apr 29, 2008
    6
    There are really no completely likeable characters in this film, although Dennis Quaid has a remarkable ability to charm even when he
  8. Dec 23, 2014
    4
    Smart people is not a very great movie. It moves at a slow pace without really anything interesting happening, and it just is not very entertaining. Haden church makes things fairly enjoyable when he is on screen, but other than him, the movie is very weak.
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 70
    Poirer and director Noam Murro have trouble bringing this to a satisfying climax, but the characters are credible and sharply observed and all four actors go to town.
  2. 75
    Page and Church work so brilliantly together as a comic team that it's worth enduring the leads' utter lack of chemistry together - not to mention the fact they're both wildly miscast.
  3. 67
    A third of the way through Smart People, I channeled Randy Newman's "Short People" and thought, "Smart people got no reason to live."