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Happily N'ever After Reviews

David Fear
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/6

August 1, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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You expect a certain amount of sugar and snark in a modern children's film, but this tossed-off retelling reeks of folks just out to make a cheap buck.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

February 3, 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
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 5, 2007
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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'As Grimm as it gets,' says the promotional tag for Happily N'Ever After. Make that grim.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 5, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie's animators have been quoted saying they sought to give it a classic look. Cheesy would be more accurate.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 5, 2007
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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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[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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 5, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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'I hate to tell you, but it gets worse,' one character promises midway through Happily N'Ever After. No kidding.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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[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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

January 5, 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
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The film aims for sassy but lands in soggy, the victim of lazy scripting and pacing.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

January 5, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 5, 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
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 4, 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
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Two words of advice: N'Ever mind.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 4, 2007
Gene Seymour
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

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
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
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
James Berardinelli
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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
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D-

January 3, 2007
Peter Debruge
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Full Review Source: Variety

December 18, 2006
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