Smile (1975)

The backstage maneuverings at a California beauty pageant are the subject of this often cynical satire, which has developed a strong cult following. While much humor is found in the brutal competitiveness of the young contestants, the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A sometimes funny, more often harrowing look at a teen-age beauty competition in that mecca of plastic civic events, Southern California.

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Jacoba Atlas
Los Angeles Free Press

Smile entertains while showing the "pros" in the "con" of pageantry.

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Fernando F. Croce

Ritchie holds it together with rapid technique and a glancing eye

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Peter Canavese
Celluloid Dreams

An undervalued classic with a phenomenal and very funny screenplay--always witty--and the satire is savage. Fantastic half-hour Fun City Editions blu-ray bonus feature with Bruce Dern.

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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Goes easy on everyone it skewers.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Great spoof of beauty pageants

Brian Orndorf

While not Ritchie's finest endeavor, "Smile" showcases his skill with actors and controlled chaos.

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Emanuel Levy

A poignant satire dissecting American beauty pageants

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Jake Euker

like a season of I Love the '70s condensed into two hours, and in its intimation that this is a uniquely disposable culture it's decades ahead of VH-1

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Kevin M. Williams
A beauty pageant in California is the setting for a cynical look in the mirror at all things American, such as teaching our children to lie and then blaming… More
Eric Broome
Released the same year as Robert Altman's "Nashville," "Smile" takes a similar satirical look at lowbrow American culture. What's… More
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