Smile

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can't explain. Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

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  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner
  • Director: Parker Finn
 Comments
  • hosolof - 13 January 2023
    Average at best, a poor amalgam...
    I don't normally write reviews but this is essentially a poor amalgam of a bunch of other, quintessentially better, horror films.

    The plot seems like it has been stolen and warped from the fantastically well executed and significantly more freaky "It Follows", the visuals have been almost completely ripped off from "The Conjuring" series (not that they were particularly good) and the acting, whilst Ms Bacon is convincing in the lead role in her precipitation into madness, there are too many similarities between her performance and the much more convincing and far scarier performance from Toni Collette in her incredible performance in "Hereditary". Bacon is also let down by some lackluster support acting almost accross the board from her co-stars.

    Do yourself a favour and stick with It Follows and Hereditary... In fact, watch them back to back and then jump around a bit and you will mix up the stories into what ultimately became Smile, but you will be far more satisfied ;)
  • Robinhio1983 - 13 January 2023
    Amazing horror movie
    This movie got me days when i saw it thinking about it!

    That means so much as a horror fan!

    This is a great example of new horror movies that can still surprise you and give you goosebumps.

    I loved the plot the way the movie gets to you and I loved the characters.

    I can highly recommend this horror movie if you want to be surprised and scared at the same time.

    My only negative critism is that the CGI isn't as good at some moments.

    But the story and creepiness of the antagonist is worth your while.

    And remember don't watch anybody smile these day's

    I will give it a 9 out of 10!

    I highly recommend this Horror movie.
  • killercharm - 13 January 2023
    Basic b-flat horror
    Basic b-flat horror flick about an entity that needs its host to kill themself with a witness. The witness must be traumatized by the suicide and then the entity can invade that witness's body. It goes from one host to the next killing and traumatizing willy-nilly. Sounds scary, doesn't it? It should be scary because it doesn't offer much else. Unfortunately, except for the occasional scary smile, which thankfully the smile in question appears more than once and is indeed scary, as I say, except for that smile there isn't much meat here. There's too much reliance on hallucinations, after the fact we learn what we just saw was an hallucination, a cheap trick. Not good enough.
  • cristianoandreg - 12 January 2023
    Good horror movie! However,...
    The movie is good and keeps your attention throughout. It is super scary! However, I hate that this is one of those movies where the entire story is about explaining what happened to the person that died in the beginning of the movie. Once you understand the movie and what happened to the first death, the movie is over and no solution was provided at all. I hate when this happens since you have to wait for part 2 for solution. I hope part 2 provides a solution. Overall, it is a great horror movie!! If watching at home, I suggest watching it at night, no lights, and in a big screen for an amazing experience.
  • mikeamichelsen - 11 January 2023
    Like Chewing Tin Foil
    This is one of the most poorly acted, poorly written movies I've ever seen. Every jump scare is a ringing phone or alarm. And at least 72% of the cast CLEARLY attended the Tommy Wiseau school of "acting". I convinced my sweet baboo to watch this... and then she forced me to finish the last... hour and a half.

    Have you ever seen a movie so bad it hurt your feelings? I have. It's called Smile. I feel like this artificially inflated, must have 600 character review is more creative anRING RING RING!!! And now more scary than the actual movie itself. Trust me, you'll never get these two hours back... Go watch a good atmospheric horror movie, like The VVitch, or The Babadook, or watch your toaster make six loaves of burnt toast. All are far more entertaining.
  • FKDZ - 10 January 2023
    Smile
    Smile is a well done, entertaining but typical horror. It excels at jump scares, of which there are many, some executed skillfully and others very predictable. This made for an overal good viewing, with decent tension, alright horror and decent acting.

    For pretty much a directorial debut for Finn this is a strong movie to start with. Horror is one of the easiest genre's and it doesn't innovate much, but it does work as a solid little horror movie. With well build tension. Some really good jump scares, the most notable one being the one where she just left her sister (trying to be vague here). That was the one that really got me, and was a bit silly too, but still scary. There are some dull scenes from a directing standpoint. The drone shots are nice but also don't do or say much.

    Acting was alright, I think the main actress is fantastic, no doubt. But the rest of the cast is kind of meh. This is also due to some of the dialog. I think her fiancé was written well for the most part until it became a little too snobby towards the end. Her sister and friend are not great and the lines even worse. The therapist is good. And the girl at the start is good. Overall decent.

    Characters and story, if you've seen It Follows you've seen this movie too, so it's not very original, especially towards the finale which seems to mimic a scene from that movie almost directly, without the effect. But characters are kind of left behind, the fiancé, the therapist, her sister. For a horror movie you'd expect more to actually happen. Daydreaming doesn't count. This did lower the stakes and tension a bit over time.

    Pacing, starts of strong, first 30 minutes are good, then it slouches a bit and for me it never really picked up fully again, it really slows down it's pace. This shouldn't have been a 2 hour movie.

    Gore and scares. Gore is pretty good, not excessive and not crazy real either (the cat was a bit off). Some of the CGI was iffy. But there's not that much gore anyways. Scares, the finale scare was a kind of funny looking one, not scary in the slightest, looked a bit cheap. The CGI scenes then were okay. The smile concept works for most actors, but not all. The final girl I think wasn't able to pull it off with her face. Whilst others were able to have that more disturbed look. That said as a concept I thought it worked, of course a bit silly, but also disturbing, which worked out.

    Score, sound design was great, really well done. Loved the subtlety's and interesting sound que's and instruments used to note certain moments. Made the movie feel more unique as a whole.

    Just a fun, jump scare filled time that should've been a bit shorter.
  • zfxzgs - 9 January 2023
    Say cheese!
    This movie is really well put together with a solid story line. This has a very similar feel to the movie 'it follows' so all you horror fans need to add this to your library.

    A movie that starts from the start & is relentless to the end makes it a classic for me.

    Very believable characters & Sosie bacon (main character) plays her part extremely well. Is it wrong for me to have a crush on someone when she is losing her mind?

    I've always enjoyed spooky story lines, horrors & thrillers & this really sits in the middle so you get a lot of everything.

    Ignore negative reviews, this is worth the watch.
  • youboymario - 9 January 2023
    A movie I would definitely recommend you to watcb
    The movie was very scary ,the acting was very great and I really loved the concept of the whole movie. The reason I voted this movie 8 stars and not 9 or 10 is because the screenwriting wasn't very original to me and I also didn't really enjoyed the ending as much as the other parts of the movie. I felt like the cast did a really good job trying to make it for us the movie as much scary as possible but as I said a little bit earlier the screenwriting wasn't as good as the movie quality or the acting and sometimes felt like the screenwriting was a copy from another movie and I would also prefer a different ending becuse the ending felt like a way to end the movie way faster then it should,but except for those details. The movie was perfect and really spooky In conclusion I would say a really great scary horror movie.
  • hazzah1 - 9 January 2023
    No 2 People Will Watch This Movie the Same Way
    I keep seeing mixed reviews for this. I liked it, well let me rephrase- I got something out of it.

    It was doing very well and really should have and could have had a happy ending, but it veered off right at the last minute. In fact, I would be willing to bet the very end was tacked on in spite of how the script was written.

    The performances, especially Sosha Bacon, were really pretty good. I'm also unsure why she isn't getting more praise. Another highlight was the effects. Just the right amount of gore.

    The theme of the movie is heavy handed. Survivor's Guilt is a real thing. And this movie is basically telling us that the guilt will always be there, and we have to figure out how to move forward with our lives. Nothing can be done to rid ourselves of said guilt.

    The solution to the plot - was right there. Then it went on for another few minutes and ruined it. I won't get into details.

    I say it's worth a watch. Everyone will get something different from it.
  • afiazuddin-00400 - 9 January 2023
    Tightly Woven, Interesting, Scary, and Well Acted
    The dirty little secret about horror movies . . . And I say this as a connosieur . . . Is that the vast majority of them really, really suck.

    Notwithstanding the unlimited themes and plots that human ingenuity can come up with, putting together the actual script and film is an art. Now, I will not sit here and say that "Smile" is aligned for an oscar. Of course, the Horror genre rarely gets the nod anyways. But, this directorial debut by Parker Finn certainly should be praised and respected.

    The movie follows a talented young psychiatrist - Rose Cotter - who treats a patient (PHd candidate Laura Weaver) for trauma associated with eyewitnessing her professor's horrific suicide. As Rose Cotter delves further into Laura's case (much further due to a "glitch" in Laura's improvement), she herself battles trauma of her own. A trauma that, shall we say, is kind of contagious ... and malevolent.

    This movie shares base DNA with films like "The Grudge" and even classics like "Poltergeist". Watch it and enjoy.
  • vgclairisch-1 - 9 January 2023
    Practically Perfect but Problematic
    So the main character is a therapist who has a traumatic past (guilt over the death of her mother, whose dying pleas for 10-year-old her to call 911 she ignored) and it has ruled her relationships throughout her life. Her sister is in complete denial and so their relationship is strained, she dumped her former boyfriend when she felt she was getting too close to him and her current fiance is kept at arm's length, even proving himself to be untrustworthy with her deeper emotions.

    She witnesses the gruesome suicide of a young woman who had also just witnessed a gruesome suicide. Then she (the therapist) begins to see awful visions and hear things. Of course the "mental health professional goes crazy" trope is a familiar one, but this is done in a way that seems intentionally trope-ish. After all, everything in the film is seen through her distrust of everyone (including herself) and the trauma that she experienced as a 10-year-old....so it makes sense that some of the things she experiences are a bit cartoony. It really works.

    Well she figures out that in order to beat the monster, she has to kill someone with a witness in order to pass on the curse of being haunted by it (although she would then still not be free, spending the rest of her days in prison). But she gets the brilliant idea to confront her demons instead, driving to the derelict house where her mother died. She literally confronts her past and kills the monster by setting it on fire, and the house with it. She drives back to ex-bf's house and fesses up to her feelings. It seems like all is going to be okay.... And that's when this movie seriously screws the pooch.

    Because ex-bf turns into the monster and attacks her. She runs out of his apartment but OPE! It's actually the house! She never escaped! And now ex-bf has come to save the day, just in time for her to suddenly, with no explanation, stop fighting and allow the monster to climb inside her body. So she sets herself on fire (of course with the creepy grin all victims wear) and the curse is passed on to him.

    I have so many problems with this. My two biggest complaints are that the sudden switch and her completely unprovoked surrender were NOT earned. Nothing previous and nothing after indicated why this sudden shift. Instead of being a story about a woman battling her own mind told through the lens of cosmic horror, it became cosmic horror that manipulated a "trending topic" into a monster story with no inherent value other than shock and grotesquerie.

    Even more troubling than that: the movie has beautiful symbolism and allegory with the current state of mental health facilities and services, and really shows mental illness in a way that feels raw but respectful. I drew many parallels to my own struggles with mental health and was truly rooting for her to maybe not completely overcome the monster, but find a way to exist in spite of its presence. I am not usually a fan of happy endings in horror- I don't expect it and it usually feels very forced- but in this case, I wanted to see some ray of hope. That's where the story was pointed. That's where the main character took it.

    So you can see why, when she all of a sudden allowed this thing to replace her in body and mind, destroying her in every sense of the word, it didn't track and I was stunned. The movie was so full of fake-outs that I expected it to be another one. I had to process for several minutes when the credits rolled to even understand the emotions I was feeling. Anger! Insult! Betrayal! Disgust!

    For a movie that spent 95% of its runtime showing someone fighting for their life, their sanity, and the trust and help of their loved ones to spend the last ten minutes throwing that out the window felt like I could only take away one message: "You will never win against your demons. Even when you think you've made progress, they will come back. So you might as well give up and end it all now." And that is a message that any filmmaker should be ashamed and terrified to send out into the masses.
  • isabelleraveica - 9 January 2023
    Overrated
    Yes, it was a good movie but I feel like it was really overrated for what people made it out to be and I can see why that it doesn't have good reviews. I like the plot but I really didn't like the ending it was ok i guess. If you like really bloody, gory movies like that then this is a good movie for you. Some disturbing scenes in the end but yeah. If you're looking for something with more like a real plot, then this is not the movie for you. I recommend some thing else. Anyways, this is just my opinion obviously other people think differently but I just wanted to share my opinion and thoughts on the movie.
  • xhnfyyhx - 9 January 2023
    Hugh jass
    It was a great movie overall but the ending wasn't that good in my opinion Pretty scary scenes, pretty good plot I guess, really gory, if your not into that stuff this probably isn't for you there is some disturbing scenes especially during the end. Lots of plot twists,good acting, kinda overrated tbh a lot just about thing's that people said quite a lot of jump scares. Other than that it was a pretty good movie It was like one of those movies where you think you know what's gonna happen next but something else happens.there is one scene where she is in the shower but it showed nothing but her back. And if you thinking of letting your child watch this I recommend 11+
  • ushynnus1991 - 8 January 2023
    Meh. You watch it for jump scares and that's it.
    Right off the bat something didn't make sense. They restrained the girl coming out of the ambulance, but let her free in the consultation (?) room. The reason to restrain someone is that if they are a danger to themselves or others. So they just let her free in a room full of things she can hurt herself with? This whole movie wouldn't happen if she was restrained.

    The way they talked about mental illnesses made me cringe. It was obvious they didn't do any research at all.

    I appreciated some of the camera work, shots of cars driving down the road, and upside down shots, but at times it seemed unnecessary, and doesn't add any substances to the whole movie. I get the feeling that maybe the director was a fan of shining?

    The story was unoriginal, the smiles were creepy but it's pretty similar to another movie I've seen before.

    They never explain the backstory of the monster? Demon?

    The ending was predictable. There were a only two ways to go. If she successfully kills herself without witnesses then it would've been a weak ending.

    The only thing I liked was the little twist at the end. That's one point and another point for the "big boss" at the end.