Smile (Movie Review): Is it worth your money and time?

A new thriller film is taking over theaters


Celia Duran, Staffer

Was the movie Smile overhyped and a waste of money? Recently a lot of Halloween movies have been showing in theaters. The movie that really caught my attention was the movie Smile, directed by Parker Finn and distributed by Paramount Pictures. This movie was released on September 30, 2022, It’s considered a horror/psychological film and is based on a real story in 1898 in Zagreb, Croatia. Where the middle-aged Vlaho Bukovac is determined to leave his home because of envy and intrigues of the environment and moves to his native Cavtat with his young wife Jelica and their children. This movie overall has a star rating of 3.9: Here is a brief description of the movie: After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality. What seems like what could be a really good storyline to a movie disappointed me personally, By how much advertising this movie was putting out, an example of this is when the movie production team was sending people to baseball games to just stand there to smile and how the trailer portrayed the movie to be a very well written production. How the movie is portrayed and what the movie actually came out to be was very deceiving, they seemed to focus on advertising the movie more than actually creating a set storyline that makes sense. The movie was hard to keep up with unless you’re paying your only attention to the screen, just simply did not live up to the expectations. The storyline was terrible and was not thoroughly thought out; the movie definitely did provide good jumpscares that catch you off guard, but other than that the movie is not worth it and people should save their money. That’s my personal opinion on the movie but from a biased point of view, I have found a Critic and Audience review. Keep in mind this movie received 79% on the Tomatometer and 78% on the audience score. The critic review was completely biased towards my opinion on the movie but Rotten Tomatoes its stated critics that the movie was deeply creepy in visuals and a standout Sosie Bacon further elevates Smile’s unsettling exploration of Trauma, adding up to the rare feature that satisfying expands on a short. Clearly, the critics enjoyed this movie yet the audience review did state on Rotten Tomatoes as well saying; “You may need to pay close attention in order to keep up with the story, but fans of slow-burning horror should leave Smile with a grin”. Even Though this movie was a hit or miss for some, In a very respectful way I will not be purchasing this movie when it comes out in stores. I personally just thought it was a really big waste of money I could’ve spent on other things in my life.