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Happily N'ever After Reviews

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Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 3/10

August 24, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Happily N'Ever After is proof-positive that Europeans may have us beaten in soccer, wine and luxury cars, but they still can't make a decent 3-D cartoon.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

January 5, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This movie is the worst kind of offender: it thinks its funny and clever, but it is neither. The filmmakers have mistaken banality for wit and silliness for humor, and that doesn't begin to address how visually clunky this motion picture is.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Quantities of unimaginative CGI do nothing to perk up a barely sketched storyline. I spent the movie scratching my head over which audience the studio is hoping to profit from with this noisy rubbish. YouTubers? Tots with ADD?

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 4, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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N'ever was an apostrophe so misplaced, n'ever was the prospect of good cheer so perversely defeated.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 5, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

The CGI animation is third-rate and unimaginative. The screenplay isn't nearly as funny as it thinks it is . . . In short, HAPPILYN'EVER AFTER is a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: D+

January 10, 2007
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Deeply lame.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D

June 4, 2007
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com

There's one great clue that the picture was not born in Hollywood: the heaving bosoms. Only the Germans would bestow such careful, pillowy attention to the bustline of the wicked stepmother and the flying witches.

Full Review Source: OhmyNews.com | Original Score: D-

January 6, 2007
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com

From the producers of the Shrek series comes this annoying Shrek ripoff, a wannabe fairytale spoof with no imagination.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 5, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The story...is as arbitrary and pointless as the apostrophe in the second word of the title...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

January 11, 2007
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com

Bring one of those clip-on reading lights and a good book.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 5, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It wouldn't seem possible, but this is yet another fractured fairy tale in which the characters subvert their own genre in self-conscious, smart-alecky fashion.

January 4, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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There is the requisite bathroom humor (though it's mild) and a wan effort to be a bit edgy by updating the looks of Cinderella. But it takes more than a spiffy short haircut to make a character memorable.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 4, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The rationale behind this unattractive animated comedy, a U.S.-German coproduction, seems to be that since it can't create a fairy-tale world of its own, it might as well riffle through many of the more familiar ones.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 4, 2007

Despite attempts to turn the fairytale genre on its head, the characters are predictable stereotypes.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 23, 2008
Ann Kelly
BBC.com

Clunkingly obvious.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

August 3, 2007
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

Not counting derivative, obnoxious, poorly animated, and woefully unfunny, what Happily is most of all is dull.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

January 4, 2007

If you're old enough to read this sentence, you should probably go see something else.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Misha Davenport
Chicago Sun-Times
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As an animated film, it may share the bright palette of a Disney feature, but its computer animation lacks the polish and detail of a Pixar film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
Alex Chun
Los Angeles Times
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Putting a spin on classic fairy tales is nothing new, and unfortunately that's just what the Shrek-lite animated feature Happily N'Ever After brings to the big screen.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 4, 2007
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
August 23, 2010

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August 23, 2010

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August 24, 2010
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