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Happy Tears Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
Demi Moore and Parker Posey play polar-opposite sisters dealing with their aging father (Rip Torn) who's showing signs of senility, soiling himself and shacking up with his "nurse" (Ellen Barkin).
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Brian Orndorf
June 17, 2010
It's rarely dull and confidently guided by the cast, but it offers little in the way of overall impact, despite creative visual flourishes and a screenplay rooted in the devastating game of personal reflection. It's cold to the touch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason McKiernan
March 18, 2010
one of those awkwardly pretentious attempts to seem hip and profound by simply depicting people acting really goofy
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 28, 2010
Reminds one of how bad American independent films...can be.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
February 22, 2010
You don't necessarily believe these are real folks but boy they sure are entertaining.
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
February 19, 2010
Sometimes dysfunctional families are better kept for personal consumption rather than being unleashed on the world at large.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 19, 2010
A cringe-inducing, self-consciously kooky indie comedy that's best enjoyed for its taste of Rip Torn, who, judging by his recent alleged bank break-in, comes to loose-cannon stuff naturally.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 19, 2010
Writer and director Mitchell Lichtenstein struggles to find the humor in a host of horrors.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
February 19, 2010
Not all of the subplots work, but with its flights of fancy, strong acting and a cockeyed skew of family dysfunction, Happy Tears most certainly tries.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 18, 2010
An oddball family drama with idiosyncratic characters and a handful of surreal scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Mohan
February 18, 2010
If the plot unfolded in a less formulaic way, this could have been an impressive dark-tinged comedy. But in the end, it's more a case of talented actors trying to find something fresh in a fairly stale tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 18, 2010
Hollywood's strong female actors have in Lichtenstein a young talent who gives them the roles they deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 18, 2010
Happy Tears is a complete mess of a movie, but Lichtenstein conjures some sweet moments and striking metaphors -- and none more striking than Posey's $500 boots, which look either black or blue, given the available light.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 18, 2010
What's worse, the super-tired plot or the pretentious daydream asides? Despite Demi Moore and Parker Posey, the only time I was happy was when I was leaving the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Matt Pais
February 18, 2010
Realism falls victim to quirk yet again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 18, 2010
It works more often than it doesn't, but it never quite goes where you expect. And that's rare enough to be noteworthy.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 18, 2010
Happy Tears settles for the usual moments, even at its quirkiest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 18, 2010
On its way to a climax that ends every plot strand on an unrealistically upbeat and pat note, Happy Tears loses sight of what made the film so engrossing in the first place.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 18, 2010
In the role of a dialed-down, capable woman, Demi Moore suggests dramatic possibilities for future roles. She projects a kind of calm, and it's attractive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 17, 2010
I had better write my review as soon as possible because it's going to fade from memory pronto--it bearing such little resemblance to humanity as I know it.
| Original Score: 2/5
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