Laura Smiles
Laura Smiles (2006)

A woman haunted by the untimely death of her former fiancée attempts to ease her psychic suffering by marrying another man and living the idealistic suburban life in director Jason Ruscio's vivid existential drama. Laura (Petra Wright)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Ms. Wright and all her acting colleagues provide very persuasive performances amid the shifting perspectives of Mr. Ruscio's convoluted storytelling.

Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

It casts an increasingly hypnotic spell, thanks in no small measure to Wright - a fearless actress (and the real-life wife of writer-director Ruscio) who brings this sometimes despicable, often heartbreaking character to life with every atom of her being.

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Brian Orndorf

The film hardly registers as an open-wound document of a spirit more lost than she cares to confront. Instead, Laura Smiles exists somewhere in the middle, frozen by its pretension and incapacity to engage.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Ruscio would rather add forced narrative complications than get to the actual core of what he's tossing out there, the sacrifices made in the name of relationships, dreams dashed or discarded.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Could have used much more of the sly and subtle humor that only occasionally pops up.

David Noh
Film Journal International

The film unfortunately ends as just another misguided indie, artily straining for substance.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The movie Little Children wanted to be.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

Part domestic drama, part thriller, Laura Smiles is so ambitious that its ultimate failure is more depressing than anything in its dark script.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Unlike many filmmakers who try to stake out the gray area between mundane reality and sleazy surreality, Ruscio maintains a successful balance throughout and gracefully brings the two together in a delicately ambiguous final scene.

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Laura Smiles," Laura(Petra Wright) seems to be the perfect housewife living in suburbia. She is married to Mark(Mark… More