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Two girls born at the same time on different sides of the world are brought together by an act of mercy in this drama. Katie (Mika Boorem) is a high-school student who has grown up in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. While Katie has never had to want for material things, she feels a certain dissatisfaction in her life, and between dealing with her combative parents (Beau Bridges and Linda Hamilton), her sexually aggressive boyfriend (Erik von Detten), and a mysterious boy who has caught her eye (Jonathan Trent), Katie is ready for a change in her life. One of Katie's teachers, Mr. Matthews… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sure, it's mushy, but you can't make a movie called Smile and not be at least a wee bit saccharine about your intentions."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"Overall, it's pretty elementary stuff, along the lines of a Disney Channel TV movie."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"However worthy the sentiment, this one won't leave viewers with a smile."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Feels like a school project that has its heart in the right place if not the skills to produce something with depth and emotional heft."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"This movie's so filled with admirable intentions that they practically spill onto the screen before it starts."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Well-meaning but dramatically lopsided tearjerker bogs down in generic teen angst and domestic squabbling."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"This drama, which was bankrolled by the people behind the international Operation Smile program, has the best of intentions. But it's so painfully earnest that it becomes insufferable."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Kramer may have felt that American audiences would have wanted to follow an American heroine, but it's Lin's story that resonates."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"There's little doubt that a nonfiction film would have been more powerful than this strained drama, which offers a Malibu brat as the audience's point of identification."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Smile is like a dose of cod liver oil: It may be good for you, but it's no fun."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Good cause, bad movie."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Despite terrific China locales and some capable castmembers (notably Wang), the flick gets bogged down by Jeffrey Kramer's strained scriptwriting and unrestrained direction."
‑ , E! Online
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