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I Smile Back

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Adam Salky

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About the Movie

Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves.
At the core of I Smile Back’s power is an indelible performance by Sarah Silverman, who reinvents herself as a dramatic actress in the career-defining, intensely layered, and heartbreaking role of Laney. Deftly directed by Adam Salky (Dare, 2009 Sundance Film Festival), I Smile Back is at times darkly humorous but also harrowing and unflinching as an authentic, humanizing portrait that offers no easy resolution for a damaged woman struggling to come to terms with herself.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 66
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A wearying loop of slug-snort-crash that leaves Ms. Silverman out on a ledge and the audience with no way to reach her. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Oct 22, 2015

Fresh: If Silverman's going to bare her soul this nakedly, she deserves a better film to do it in. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 22, 2015

Fresh: [Silverman is] fierce and unerring. No showing off; she just is. This is acting of the highest caliber. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Oct 22, 2015

Rotten: A movie that's constructed almost entirely of empty cliches about suburban ennui. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Oct 22, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Depressing, nuanced performance

No question, Sarah Silverman delivers a really heart-breaking and hard to watch performance in this film. That’s a good thing. But man, when you’re done watching this, you’ll feel like your soul was ripped out of your body. It ain’t escapism by any means, but if you’re looking for a stellar performance then you could do much worse.

Silverman shines

Who knew that Sarah Silverman could put in this kind of performance? The movie overall is average but she totally makes it worth watching. She makes her character disturbing, tragic, yet empathetic. Maybe even Oscar worthy.

Oh dear ...

She's tried to cross over from being a nobody comedian to a nobody drama actress. DOA.

I Smile Back
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2015

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