Smile (2005)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 8, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Overall, it's pretty elementary stuff, along the lines of a Disney Channel TV movie.

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Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

However worthy the sentiment, this one won't leave viewers with a smile.

Gene Seymour

This movie's so filled with admirable intentions that they practically spill onto the screen before it starts.

Justin Chang

Well-meaning but dramatically lopsided tearjerker bogs down in generic teen angst and domestic squabbling.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Smile is like a dose of cod liver oil: It may be good for you, but it's no fun.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Good cause, bad movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This started out as a completely teen movie. Took forever to get to the point of the story, which was the children in Asia who are born disfigured and American… More
Deb S
The film parallels two stories: an impoverished Chinese father who sacrifices his wife and son to raise a facially-deformed orphan named Ling (Yi Ding) as his… More
Leigh Ryan
Timothy O'Brien
Mika is great in this film. It's not easy to watch in some ways, but it is worth watching.
Dannielle Albert
This film has two stories going on at the same time until they overlap. A poor Chinese father adopts a little girl with a cleft palate and a whiny, selfish,… More

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