• Happiness
    1 minutes 26 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Happiness Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Exhibits an almost pitch-perfect balance between condescension and compassion.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

October 20, 2009
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Happiness is tough stuff -- quietly confrontational, genuinely haunting, and, most disturbing of all, unexpectedly moving.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 17, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

By far Solondz's best film, an original exploration of American suburban angst, with three Chekhovian sisters at the center and a gallery of "deviant" characters that are presented with humor in non-judgmental way.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

October 10, 2006
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus

It'll soon have you quoting German existential philosophers in coming to terms with it . . .

Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

September 24, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Even in the darkest, sickest moments, there's always some kind of humor [but] what makes this comedy superior to most is that it remains painfully sincere.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Some truly hilarious moments, but I spent most of the film with my mouth hanging open in shock.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...seduces us with subtle humor and then hammers us with unpleasantness; it seems as selfishly opportunistic as anything committed by the perverted characters it portrays.

| Original Score: 4/10

April 7, 2001
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

I'm fairly thick skinned, but this film managed to create major feelings of revulsion in me.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

A brave, brilliantly realized piece of work, one that will be debated about for years to come.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Solondz is one of the masters of flawlessly intermingling both pitch-black comedy and heartbreaking drama, sometimes at the very same moment.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

If the film had managed somehow to keep the humor in with the shock quality, it would have been a triumph.

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net

We are talking humor here in a shade of black that a raven would envy.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

January 1, 2000
Peter Henne
Film Journal International

Solondz's view of [his characters] is prickly, perhaps, but he doesn't skewer them or indict humanity.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Everyone in this world is pretty much a pig of some sort. Those that aren't are doomed to be victims.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Happiness is not a film about happiness, but what is imagined as making one happy.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Lethem
Salon.com
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I, for one, would be thrilled to see Solondz's heart open in his future work. But it would be a mistake to flinch from the greatness of Happiness in the meantime.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 4/4

July 14, 2007

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2005

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2003
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