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Smile

2022
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 55m
After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can't explain. Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality (imdb.com).
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Smile

2022
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 55m
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Avg Percentile 40.79% from 714 total ratings

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Rated 28 Sep 2022
72
57th
It’s not a surprise to see contagion-horror pop up these days, but what is a shocker is to find one so good: hitting themes of claustrophobia and mania authentically. Finn takes old school J-horror techniques - notably, working with negative space within and outside the frame - to evoke a persistent dread, which works triumphantly. A brilliant birthday party scene raises the character stakes, and we get practical creature effects! A part of me didn’t want to smile, I worried it’d stick.
Rated 03 Nov 2022
8
88th
Despite some more goofier than tension building elements, Smile is quite good at what it sets out to be. It has a great foundation of screenwriting and visual imagery that aligns well with this dark and confusing atmosphere. The characters themselves are a solid step above the traditional “fill ins” that this genre is vastly known for which really helps the very few problems this film has. Honestly, aside some iffy pacing and goofy elements, this is quite amazing. I’m really impressed.
Rated 15 Dec 2022
40
12th
Shit follows
Rated 11 Oct 2022
72
80th
One of the more luxurious and well-made horror films in quite a while. Also rather tense from beginning to end. Great cinematography and sound design.
Rated 12 Oct 2022
78
26th
Surprisingly solid overall. Some of the comparisons to The Ring and It Follows are fair. It’s the same premise, just with a different style and threat. I think it looked and felt different enough to be its own thing though. I didn’t like ending at all and I still don’t find smiles scary, but there were a handful of freaky moments and good jump scares. I loved the score and directing, and Sosie Bacon was pretty solid too. A good, spooky time at the movies, perfect for an October matinee.
Rated 06 Oct 2022
35
54th
Smile tiptoes on the edge of shamelessness in borrowing moves from better films—there are two Midsommar-like world-turned-upside-down shots; the surveillance-like camera moves into open space a la It Follows; and even a sequence that recalls Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse—but Finn mostly proves he has excellent taste. He’s curated a good time.
Rated 07 Oct 2022
55
11th
just a nother Horror movie where the intensity is good but the explaining of the Evil in the Movie was not much at all ..
Rated 27 Mar 2023
65
47th
Some familiar themes popping up here, but it was executed pretty well. Lost its way a bit for me towards the end as I felt the previous focus on the psychological aspects warranted something a bit different, but ruminating on it afterwards it was all quite effective. An interesting modern horror.
Rated 30 Nov 2022
60
34th
Some well shot gobbledygook. Does not need to be 2 hours long, baby when it starts to drag I ain't smilin' - needed more smiling menace moments, having someone break down being all I KNOW WhAT I SAW more than a few times gets a little dull. People catching mental illnesses like it's the flu you know how annoying that would be if real. Can we stop just making every demon a tall lanky person. Robert Wadlow would be burnt at the stake. The opening title flash reminded me of BRÜNO lol
Rated 08 Oct 2022
72
67th
Smile is one of the best horror movies of the year for me, and also the scariest one. Although jump scare is old now, it is still effective when used correctly, Smile is one of the best examples of this. The atmosphere provided, the ever-increasing tension, especially in the final, peaks. You should watch it in theaters. (10/08/2022 - Capitol Spectrum Cineplex)
Rated 03 May 2023
68
56th
It's pretty good but people are losing their heads over this. Or at least awkwardly dropping them.
Rated 06 Oct 2022
65
61st
I really like the way it formally taps into trauma in It Follows-ish fashion -- it just resembles post-horror, but fortunately goes beyond that trope. Too bad the climax doesn't quite deliver -- it seems too concerned with rules and less with imagery -- but the overall result is pretty positive. Great score.
Rated 23 Jan 2023
43
13th
It's hard to top the 'Shit Follows' mini review from guy piranha but here's some thoughts anyway. I'm starting to think I don't like horror movies as much as I thought I did as with Malignant, Barbarian and now Smile, all were heralded as great modern horrors and save for a few scenes/moments/ideas I thought all of them were dog shit. Smile is probably the best of those three, but that's not saying much.
Rated 19 Oct 2022
60
52nd
Aight. It’s a shame that Smile fails to build truly existential dread and relies more on jumpscares. But to its credit - boy were they goooood! I also loved the creature design. Biggest drawbacks are the sluggishness between the scares and the lead having extreme dumbdumb moments because she’s in a horror movie. Not a theater flick. You need to watch this alone at night.
Rated 22 Dec 2022
58
35th
Essentially an It Follows remake with adults. Has mood and jump scares enough, at least in the first half. But for a movie where the ostensible metaphor (and as always, so-called "elevated horror" just has the ONE metaphor) is mental illness, you might expect a protagonist who's an actual psychiatrist to not jump straight to "I SWEAR I'M NOT CRAAAAZY!" whynotboth.gif But the big failure is how just... boring it gets by the end. Yeah yeah, here comes the twist, get it over with.
Rated 06 Sep 2023
75
39th
I was told I must hate Greg?
Rated 19 Nov 2022
50
38th
The special effects studio did an incredible job here, and I wish it wasn't wasted on what is structurally another Ringu clone, and materially the genre's gazillionth allegory about personal trauma.
Rated 23 Nov 2022
15
61st
Phenomenal sound design + (IMO) one of the best visual representations of trauma and psychosis out there
Rated 24 Nov 2022
60
62nd
The spoiler-filled trailer somehow made me dread watching this film even more, knowing the jump scares could be around any corner (also not sure about 2-hour runtime) The shots, editing, and music were typical of modern studio horrors where they're all calculated for maximum effectiveness. The backstory was an interesting explanation of what was going on. Overall, always creepy to transform mundane everyday things like a smile or a phone suddenly ringing. Fav scenes: PhD student; home alarm.
Rated 20 Dec 2022
40
18th
The real horror is that this is two hours in length. The smiling is creepy, but I just felt so checked out by the end of this. My brain can really only handle TikTok videos now. Yes, I am in my mid-30s. Is that weird?
Rated 15 Dec 2022
2
6th
If there's one trope I'm done with in horror films, it's having to see the same tired ass process where 1. the protagonist doesn't believe what's happening, then 2. the protagonist believes but keeps it a secret/lies about it, then 3. the protagonist finally starts to tell people but no one (not even one fucking person she's close with) believes her or even entertains the idea that she's telling the truth. I want to see them try to figure it out. I want to see them fight back, god damnit!
Rated 05 Oct 2022
60
66th
uzun yıllar sonra ilk defa ana akım ürpertici bir film. dalga geçenlere inanmayın
Rated 02 Oct 2022
69
45th
:) The smile was coming from the composer cuz they really went off at times. Pretty uninspired ending though especially since there was potential there to do more with trauma affecting the kid.
Rated 28 Sep 2022
30
12th
Best funny bad movie of 2022.
Rated 31 Jan 2023
58
34th
Illegitimate child of The Ring and Truth or Dare. But it inherited good genes from the parents.
Rated 06 Sep 2023
45
12th
Nothing special about it. Whatever potential the unoriginal setup had was squandered. I expected the smiling people to show up more if this was supposed to be a psychological horror, but they barely appear in the movie. And if it was just a jump scare movie, there was barely any and none of them worked. We just see the protagonist quickly unravel when almost nothing has happened by that point. The movie wasn't painful to get through, so it has the bare minimum watchability.
Rated 18 Apr 2023
78
57th
Very scary
Rated 14 Apr 2023
75
57th
I fuggin' hate Greg!!!! All around gouda.
Rated 09 Mar 2023
7
47th
"Smile" may not be a groundbreaking horror film, but it is an endlessly fun and entertaining experience that delivers on its promise to scare its audience. Its creative execution of jump scares, excellent sound and production design, and strong lead performance make it worth the price of admission. However, its lack of plot and character development prevent it from being a truly great horror film.
Rated 28 Feb 2023
60
34th
3 minutes of interesting things happen as a woman falls asleep and scares herself awake 25 times.
Rated 23 Feb 2023
5
57th
Was gonna come on here and smugly drop some comparisons to The Ring and It Follows, then read the other user reviews and saw that I’m a BORING NORMIE WITH NO ORIGINAL THOUGHTS OR OPINIONS. First three quarters or so have some interesting mood setting and eerie visuals / moments; ending got a little too goofy, final bit seemed like it was going for the same iconic terrifying reveal status as the end of The Ring but I doubt it’ll go down in horror film history nearly like that.
Rated 20 Jul 2023
60
15th
Pros: sound mixing, music (a bit), the smile motif, good storytelling. Cons: many useless jump-scares, awful evil design, bad and predictable ending. P.S. the smiles of Joel and Rose is not disgusting, it is delightful!
Rated 09 Aug 2023
75
37th
While the attempts at jump scares are more humorous than scary it does have a serviceable plot. Sosie Bacon does great in the lead role to try and keep you invested. It's not that deep overall but you can still find yourself atleast respecting the film for trying.
Rated 12 Aug 2023
77
53rd
One half of a taut and effective horror film; wears its influences on its sleeve, but supplements its sometimes wearying jump-scares with poignant reflections on mental illness, especially via Bacon’s carefully paced unravelling. Loses its way in the second half, incorporating many too familiar genre tropes (especially from the "serial killer" genre) – ultimate resolution feels too low-grade and “cheap” for the more refined character work from early on. Still quietly effective and worthwhile.
Rated 20 Aug 2023
2
9th
Millennials are accustomed to avoiding controversy and jumping on bandwagons, therefore they cannot make interesting art. This film burns time with inefficient scene-setting and ineffectual but ultimately compliant gestures by its participants, then finally gets into a rather tepid horror film based more on the neurosis of the watching audience than any inherent tension. Some movies you enjoy, some you wait out until the end while playing with your phone.
Rated 12 Dec 2022
77
69th
A movie with a premise this stupid had no business being this vicious. Every out a character a given is actually all delusions in their head. Nothing but death is waiting. A super fucked up monster. Weird gothic undertones mixed with Asian horror vibes. A little Covid horror that actually works
Rated 27 Sep 2023
61
74th
Too predictable far too often, and too liberal with its influences. Nonetheless, Smile is fun, effective, and keeps you on your toes. Sprinkling in a different angle would be welcome, like maybe some occult breadcrumbs here and there, hinting at an explanation for the curse, with a pay off at the end. But then we would all be talking about how Hereditary influenced it too. Smile confidently stands on its own as a good example of elevated horror.
Rated 23 Oct 2023
74
74th
Film d'horreur qui porte bien son nom, avec son lot de scènes terrifiantes, et sa fin traumatisante, Susie Bacon joue bien son rôle. Petit manque de rythme.
Rated 01 Nov 2023
84
23rd
Better than expected scares that are thrown away by a silly ending. The characters are also kind of unlikable, which makes the events somewhat hard to care about. It's well-shot and directed and creates an effectively unsettling mood until the very end. Sadly, there are the usual horror movie plot holes and characters doing inexplicably dumb things that somewhat derail a promising start.
Rated 27 Dec 2023
64
66th
good movie
Rated 07 Jan 2024
66
40th
Predictive but fun. Decent main role performance.
Rated 28 Jan 2024
66
48th
Some good horror elements, but it either needs to be shorter of have more. You can only have so much "I'M NOT CRAZY!!" and jumpscares before it gets tiresome.
Rated 09 Feb 2024
70
9th
:)
Rated 29 Feb 2024
80
68th
It was fine with some nice gore and a few scares.
Rated 01 Jun 2024
40
22nd
It had some good parts, and a very chilling monster. But it was too much of a downer for me.
Rated 26 Nov 2022
75
66th
Holy shit! That scene on the end!
Rated 08 Jan 2023
85
87th
Surpassed any expectation I had of it. It has a balance of jump scares that don't too feel too cheap, as well as some more creepy scenes and imagery that will make the hairs on your neck stand up during the movie, and linger with you afterwards. The last portion of the movie and resolution was a little lackluster in my opinion, but otherwise the movie was surprisingly enjoyable.
Rated 02 Oct 2022
72
62nd
2022'de #IzlediğimFilmler ; 253. Smile (2022) It Follows ve Ring izinden giden başarılı bir korku filmi. Ancak iyi bir salonda/perdede/ekranda izlemenizi tavsiye ediyorum. Bu Watergarden #Cinehall kesinlikle olmamalı mesela. #EkimdeHerGünKorkuFilmi
Rated 05 Oct 2022
60
23rd
It's not a bad film. The horror sequences are mostly well-constructed and the atmosphere of creeping doubt is compelling. But, oddly enough, the central hook that the film is named for is one of those elements that is ultimately irrelevant.
Rated 14 Oct 2022
63
67th
Happy World Smile Day!
Rated 01 Nov 2022
35
13th
Very boring predictable unoriginal poorly made rubbish.
Rated 05 Nov 2022
47
49th
I really liked the ending. The film would've benefited so much from being as wacky as those last 10 minutes were, but sadly the entire buildup to that was just the most generic and uninspired horror fluff imaginable.
Rated 07 Nov 2022
20
10th
Korku filmleri kadar beni kahkaha tufanına sürükleyen başka bir tür yok. 20 dakika zor sabrettim.
Rated 10 Nov 2022
74
62nd
Lmaothesmile+deadcatgift+traumametaphorscoolonlyonthenoseoncewhengettingawayfromall+cuzletmomdie/wantedcuzafraidetc+inhermouthlolcyclecontinues+lollipop:P
Rated 15 Nov 2022
44
29th
Competently assembled from the memorable parts of other horror thrillers, which makes it a good showreel for the director, but a generic waste of time for everyone else. But maybe it's my fault to judge these Halloween rides for originality and content, because this one does deliver grisly jump scares en masse. The tension is always high. As is the character's trauma.
Rated 21 Nov 2022
75
83rd
Some really creepy moments, with well above average acting and characters for a horror film. The score is also pretty unique. The ending is exactly what I was expecting, granted there aren’t a lot of possible endings for a film like this. There probably isn’t much rewatch value, but this was a lot better than I initially expected when it was announced.
Rated 26 Nov 2022
50
11th
Like a spiritual successor or relative of It Follows, but not as good. Too long and one-note to get a recommendation from me, but you could also do worse.
Rated 27 Jan 2023
75
76th
I don’t know if this is a good film or not, but it scared me half to death.
Rated 27 Nov 2022
92
65th
Flawed, but a great performance by Sosie Bacon.
Rated 02 Dec 2022
5
81st
Manages to flip the idea of trauma (ugh) as a thing you’re fighting through on its head with plenty of fake outs. Also, the way it plays with the trauma trope in the same way horror films eventually started playing with the teens who have sex getting killed trope was interesting. Not in a winking way or anything either. Sound design was great and was genuinely shocked at how well the monster looked and how effective it was at the end.
Rated 03 Dec 2022
80
68th
The plot is predictable at times but the movie overall is solid and contains a few very good jumpscares.
Rated 03 Dec 2022
69
42nd
Started off good. Really started to drag a bit throughout its almost 2 hour run time. Ending was predictable and a let down
Rated 12 Dec 2022
65
61st
The trailer gave me chills, and luckily the film keeps that uncanny atmosphere throughout. The runtime is too long for a horror film.
Rated 18 Dec 2022
70
58th
Solid creepiness and a sobering reminder of the agony of mental illness. Better than most of its contemporaries and just slightly below Barbarian as the surprising horror of the year.7.0
Rated 20 Dec 2022
73
45th
I was hesitant of seeing this movie. Mostly because it gave me Truth or Dare vibes. That movie tried to make a smile look creepy, but it ended up being goofy as hell. 4 years later, and this movie is trying to do a horror centered around smiles being creepy? This should have no business of being good or even scary, but it does.
Rated 01 Jan 2023
65
83rd
Reminded me a lot of "The Ring" and "It Follows"
Rated 11 Jan 2023
92
65th
I liked this one, though I didn't "SMILE" too much. Pretty intense but still not really scary to me, which is what I was hoping. Extra points for originality and the star (daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick).
Rated 14 Jan 2023
5
88th
Horror film of the year. Deadly jump scares. Lingering storyline. Fab.

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