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  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It's an interesting profile in self-destruction until the script becomes unhinged itself and has Laura doing things that are not so much outrageous as hilariously stupid. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Ruscio's script is grim and darkly funny, but the big attraction is Wright's right-on performance. She's an actress waiting to be discovered. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Wright's haunting performance is the anchor that keeps Ruscio's film from vanishing down a rabbit hole. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    There's an unconvincing last-act twist, but this is the movie "Little Children" wanted to be. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 80
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Sharp dialogue, idiosyncratic characters and a wickedly brilliant structure that subtly derails expectation make Laura Smiles a rarity among mellers. show more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times

    As Ruscio piles it on, he gets himself further and further away from any sense of genuine emotional truth. show more

  • 40
    The New York Times

    Part domestic drama, part thriller, the microbudget shot-on-video feature Laura Smiles is so ambitious that its ultimate failure is more depressing than anything in its dark script. show more

  • 30
    Village Voice

    Stylish, low-budget indies thrive on redeeming the clichés of everyday life. But that takes smart writing and sharp humor, of which Laura Smiles has none. show more

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