Smart People
Smart People (2008)

Commercial director Noam Murro makes the leap to feature films with this comedy drama concerning an aging professor-turned-bitter eccentric due to the death of his longtime wife. Ever since his wife passed away, Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 12, 2008
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite its sharp cast and a few laughs, Smart People is too thinly plotted to fully resonate.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

So much good work must not go overlooked. I just loved this movie because it's witty, intellectual without being pretentious, and filled with characters who are logically stressed and anxious to connect to a world outside of themselves.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Good acting, nice smart script.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Doesn't exactly oust The Royal Tenenbaums or The Squid and the Whale, but this family-go-round sitcom is a lot more accessible.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Smart People is an indie film that plays the (jangle, jangle) same chords (strum, strum) as a lot of other heartfelt comedies about too-wise children and codgers taking humanity lessons.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

[A] middling romantic comedy.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Noam Murro's direction follows a sitcom blueprint

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David Denby
New Yorker

In his first film as director, Noam Murro creates moments of comic disconnection, relieved by minuscule surges of warmth. He's very precise; he has a nice touch.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The excellent script for Smart People is the work of Mark Jude Poirier, a fiction writer who has clearly spent enough time around English departments to have studied the tribal ways of the literary professoriate with ethnographic rigor.

Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Smart People is a film of chuckles about smart but chuckle-headed people.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Coming from a dysfunctional family I suppose I connected with this warped satirical movie. Well worth watching Ellen Page continues to shine in every movie shes… More
Adam Mahler
We don't really learn how intelligence has hurt the main character, but how emotional stupidity hurts everyone and the characters have to become smarter… More
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Daniel Perry
A sharp and sympathetic - if somewhat bleak - film with solid ensemble acting from Quaid, Page, Haden Church and Parker. I even got the sense that SJP… More
Unknown Hobo
One of my favorite movies. This film is a refreshing take on the role of smart people in society, taking one broken family trying to rebuild itself after the… More
Film Crazy
this is a vaguly amusing movie which made me chuckle in a few places but apart from that the storylne is predictable and borin in places! its a typical story… More