Smart People Synopsis
Recently widowed, a professor deals with a new love and an unexpected visit from his brother.
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TV Guide

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

By Wesley Morris
Mostly, Smart People is a failure of imagination.
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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...
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"You Cant Read"

By Daydream
"What is it like sitting alone at lunch everyday?" Smart People is a cranky movie with dialogue meant to go over your head. Excellent self-absorbed acting by the main cast with complementary roles...

barely a "go"

By eyeful
an interesting story another slice o'life of the in's and out's of an academic family that just hovers outside of dysfunctional not really a black comedy, not really a drama i went to see SJP,...

A tour de force

By nymomma
I caught this movie at a preview, and it's a must see ... Thomas Haden Church is hysterical ... Dennis Quaid and SJP have great on-screen chemistry ... and Ellen Page nails the role of a...

People?-- Yes; Smart? -- NO!

By jimchudnow
Based on an advance preview: This film is being sold as a comedy-romance. I found exceptionally LITTLE to laugh at, and romantic only if you use its meaning of "IMPRACTICAL". It might better be...

Falling out of my chair funny

By edcahill
I saw this one at Sundance and it's an extremely funny movie. Thomas Haden Church and Elllen Page have awesome timing and great chemistry. The writing is pitch perfect. Actually, the audience was...

I Liked This Movie

By singme
I thought this was a "smart" little movie. Very understated in a grumpy kinda way. I love Ellen Page, she is a great little actor and Thomas Hayden Church was wonderful. I really learned to care...

Poignant and Witty

By shortynyc
This is such a sweet movie, but it also has biting and wicked dialogue. Thomas Hayden Church is awesome as is Ellen Page. If you're one to appreciate smart drama over mindless action, then I think...

Smart People

By loganid1
I had high hopes for this movie, considering the cast. I prefer to watch romantic comedies. So I thought this would be great. It wasn't. It is very dark. I kept waiting for it to get better. The...

Smar People

By kelemaninc
Excellent, acting was wonderful and real. No phoney happy endfings here. Just real life...doing the best you can and making things work....

Smart Movie?

By nvrcmgbk
I liked the actors, and liked the premise but felt the movie just fell short of expectations. I though it could have been done better....

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Rated R | For language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Intelligent, mature film with some shortcomings.
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