Emoticon ;)
Emoticon ;) (2014)

Elena Gallenti (Livia De Paolis) is an anthropology graduate student struggling to compete her thesis on 'modern means of communication.' All that changes when she meets her new boyfriend's (Michael Cristofer) teenage kids… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 30, 2014
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

"Emoticon ;)" is stuffed with complexities. So why does it feel as facile as that irksome title?

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Chris Packham
Village Voice

A grown-up's weird idea of how kids behave.

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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times

In wildly disparate plot lines, Guerrero and Chandler easily command sympathy, but De Paolis doesn't let the sibling characters roam very far.

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Amanda Nojadera
Common Sense Media

Human connections trump technology in social media drama.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Livia De Paolis's too cutely titled debut feature wears its themes a little too baldly on its sleeve, but this modest effort about a non-nuclear family dealing with various interpersonal crises boasts some genuinely effective, understated moments.

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com

Professionally mounted and attractively lensed, this indie production is a fresh, off-the-beaten-path conceit that gets mileage from its willingness to examine notions of non-nuclear family and changing identity.

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