88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A sharp, superbly acted character-driven comedic drama.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Page and Church work so brilliantly together as a comic team that it's worth enduring the leads' utter lack of chemistry together - not to mention the fact they're both wildly miscast.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Smart People, unlike "Sideways" or "The Savages," has a plot that's a little too rote.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A good deal of the freshness comes from a grand, clownish slob played by Thomas Haden Church -- he's actually the smartest person of the piece -- while Dennis Quaid occupies the center with a mastery that's all the more notable for its humanity.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Poirier is a master at dialogue. His script crackles with sharp lines and he gives all his scenes a splendid comic undertow.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The main problem with Smart People is that it never breaks new ground. This is territory we have seen tilled to better effect by more perceptive motion pictures.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though it features witty dialogue and good performances, the plot contrivances keep it from being an altogether winning enterprise.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie gets bogged down in the formula conventions of romantic comedy, and in the process, it loses all honesty.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Mostly, Smart People is a failure of imagination.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
In what world does Smart People exist? Clearly not the real one, though this dramedy wants to think it's filled with ironic insights about love and family.
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57 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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