Happily N'ever After Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
August 1, 2007
The computerised animation is cut-rate; the script keeps piling on clunker jokes that even toddlers will find lame; and Prinze proves he isn't any better an actor in two dimensions than he is in three.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 5, 2007
N'ever was an apostrophe so misplaced, n'ever was the prospect of good cheer so perversely defeated.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 5, 2007
A leaden, irritatingly obvious postmodern fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 5, 2007
Essentially a brash comedy taking one idea as far as it can go, Happily N'Ever After is spare on emotional development but generous with smart-aleck shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
January 5, 2007
'As Grimm as it gets,' says the promotional tag for Happily N'Ever After. Make that grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2007
The movie's animators have been quoted saying they sought to give it a classic look. Cheesy would be more accurate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 5, 2007
[An] unfunny, trying-to-be-hip fairytale, with ugly CGI animation, a few bad songs, and Andy Dick and Patrick Warburton doing some of voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 5, 2007
'I hate to tell you, but it gets worse,' one character promises midway through Happily N'Ever After. No kidding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 5, 2007
While new times deserve new tales, this ground has already been trodden -- twice -- by a more memorable ogre than any you'll find in Ella's enchanted forest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 5, 2007
Scriptwriter Rob Moreland keeps the one-liners flowing, though, at best, they register no better than a tepid smirk on the humour thermometer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 5, 2007
[It's] unhappily unsuccessful as either low-budget, time-filling kiddie fare or satire aimed at adults. Its lack of imagination extends to the computer-generated animation, which is as lacking in detail and style as the dialogue is in amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Misha Davenport
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 5, 2007
The film aims for sassy but lands in soggy, the victim of lazy scripting and pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
January 5, 2007
Despite self-aware touches, this is another tired kidsploitation product in which a wasp-waisted ingénue and a shallow beau drive the plot and live happily ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 4, 2007
A slick piece of computer animation that can be described as a family film only in the sense that it's a film the whole family will want to avoid.
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Alex Chun
Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 2007
Two words of advice: N'Ever mind.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 4, 2007
It's at the point where if they can't find any fresh means of deconstructing or parodying fairy tales, they shouldn't bother at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 4, 2007
Happily N'Ever After, with its pseudo-Shrekkeries, tries to be too many things -- and in too many styles and dimensions -- at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2007
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 4, 2007
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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 4, 2007
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?
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
January 3, 2007
The press notes boast that the total production time was only 15 months, 'unheard of for a first-class computer animated movie.' Maybe there's a reason why that's unheard-of.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Peter Debruge
Variety
December 18, 2006
Underwhelming.