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A sharp, superbly acted character-driven comedic drama.
Smart People, unlike "Sideways" or "The Savages," has a plot that's a little too rote.
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 mention the fact they're both wildly miscast.
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 piece -- while Dennis Quaid occupies the center with a mastery that's all the more notable for its humanity.
The Hollywood Reporter
Poirier is a master at dialogue. His script crackles with sharp lines and he gives all his scenes a splendid comic undertow.
Though it features witty dialogue and good performances, the plot contrivances keep it from being an altogether winning enterprise.
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 perceptive motion pictures.
The movie gets bogged down in the formula conventions of romantic comedy, and in the process, it loses all honesty.
Chicago Tribune
Church is most at home in his character's skin; aside from the game but strident Quaid, all the leading players are ideally cast. It's the script that isn't ideally cast.
Miami Herald
Smart People tastes as fake as a Wal-Mart corn dog. Besides, it doesn't even know the work is Faerie Queen, not ''Fairie.'' Somewhere, Edmund Spenser is turning in his grave. You don't even have to be smart to know that.
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 love and family.

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