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: April 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
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Consensus: Despite its sharp cast and a few laughs, Smart People is too thinly plotted to fully resonate.

Kevin Craft
Miami Herald

Unfortunately, Smart People has nothing original to say about its characters' dilemmas, but is content to tread waters that previous films have navigated with more humor and insight.

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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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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Sounds like a movie I would by dying to see. But It's one of the worst films I've seen in months, a fact that became obvious within the first 15 minutes, if not the first few frames.

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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.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Good acting, nice smart script.

Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Smart People is just a funny, sturdy, touching movie about the way grief keeps on rippling.

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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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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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