Smile Review (2022 Movie) – Mama's Geeky

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Smile is absolutely terrifying. Packed with insane visuals, multiple jump scares, and truly compelling lore, Smile has the potential to be a long running franchise.
Smile 2022 movie review
There is nothing quite like the shared experience of watching an eerie movie in a packed theater — and that is exactly what we recommend you do when it comes to Smile. This film has a whole lot going for it, and will have horror buffs begging for a sequel. There are infinite jump scares, insane visuals, incredible sound design, a haunting score, and truly compelling lore.
All of this adds up to make Smile one of the most bone-chilling films of the year. You won’t look at a smile the same way for a long time because this one will stick with viewers for days, weeks, and even months to come.
While it is almost always best to go into a movie of this genre blind, especially if twist and turns are promised, it is hard to avoid trailers nowadays. All too often they reveal far too much, cheapening the experience for the audience. Because of this we recommend doing what we did, and going to see Smile on opening night knowing next to nothing — especially because one of the most shocking jump scares is shown in the final trailer.
Smile 2022 movie review
Smile follows Doctor Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon). She is a psychiatrist who witnesses a brutal suicide from one of her patients. This patient claims to be seeing an evil entity that takes the form of others.
How does she know when it is near? Because it smiles at her — the creepiest and most sinister of smiles that she has ever seen. After this incident, Rose starts to dig into the past of the patient, as well as her own traumatic past. 
The remainder of the movie will have the audience on edge as they too try to discover what exactly is going on. Smile is one of those movies that starts to make you doubt your own sanity and reality as you work to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. You never know what is real and what isn’t, and that is where the fun in this film lies.
Smile 2022 movie review
Besides the truly haunting smiles that grace the faces of the actors, there are some bonkers visuals that will have hearts pounding. In an effort to remain spoiler free we don’t want to go in to too much detail, but just know the last twenty minutes or so will have most viewers watching through their fingers. 
Smile doesn’t just rely on the blood and gore, although it does provide quite a bit of that. It is sure to tell a story that will stay in the heads of viewers for a long time to come. The sound design heightens the terror that is felt during many of the most intense moments, and the score does the same.
While the concept isn’t completely unique — there are some serious It Follows and The Ring vibes going on — it does change things up a little bit so that every move is not completely predictable. It leans in on these tropes but is still able to give the audience something more. Something that will have them coming back time and time again should more Smile films be released.
Smile 2022 movie review
Sosie Bacon pours her heart and soul into the role of Rose. It is easy to connect with her and root for her. Smile explores the effects of trauma in a way that will make everyone think back on their lives, and that is what makes Rose so relatable and likeable. 
Smile will keep audiences guessing right up to the very end. It has laid the groundwork to become a long running franchise, as the door is left wide open for more films. If they can capture the spirit of this one, we would love to see it. With an entertaining lore like this, the possibilities are endless. 
This movie is not perfect, but it is an absolute blast and a whole lot of fun to watch in a theater packed with people. A great addition to spooky season, go see this one in theaters, you won’t regret it.
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After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) 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.
Smile hits theaters on September 30th.

Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.
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