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After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named "Smiley" can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley (Caitland Gerard) must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley's next victim. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The storytelling gets repetitive, but there is enough here to make Smiley feel fresh and more or less satisfying as a low-key creeper."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"This film will not do for the Internet what Psycho did for showers-no more computers have to be smashed because of it."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Think Candyman for the Twitter generation."
‑ Rosie Fletcher, Total Film
"It's amazing what a killer mask and a smarter than expected ending can do to a mediocrity like Smiley"
‑ Christian Toto, Big Hollywood
"Mostly it fails, due in large part to the poor acting, low production values, and a weak script that bogs down what might otherwise have been an interesting film."
‑ Jonah Flicker, Paste Magazine
"This remainder-bin horror movie is impossible to take seriously."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"[A] by-the-numbers slasher pic."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"While it's easy to appreciate Gallagher tackling the fruitful subject of Internet urban's a scratch on the surface. Maybe he's just looking to get the ball rolling, but Smiley is likely to be buried in the bargain bin."
‑ Mark Zhuravsky, The Playlist
"A thunderously stupid horror movie of slapdash construction and ping-pong tonalities."
‑ Brent Simon,
"YouTube transplant Gallagher's freshman effort is doggedly formulaic -- his blood-smeared Smiley is a sock-puppet boogeyman, a low-rent knockoff of Candyman and Ghostface."
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
"Internet chat rooms provide the dubious hook for this generic slasher movie."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Smiley's face, or lack of one, is the single creepy effect in the limited trick bag of first-time writer-director Michael Gallagher, age 24, who otherwise relies, again and again, on false-scare musical shrieks to make audiences jump."
‑ Chuck Wilson, Village Voice
"Feels like a late-arriving film class homework assignment that the students didn't really care about."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"A genre failure on every conceivable level..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's nice to see that Gallagher may be trying to tap into something that will talk specifically to his generation but at the same time he's not willing to cop out to all the current horror trends in making his film."
‑ Beth Accomando,
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