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Happy Accidents (2001)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 17

Happy Accidents has enough quirkiness and charm to rise above the more formulaic entries in the romantic comedy genre.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 7

Happy Accidents has enough quirkiness and charm to rise above the more formulaic entries in the romantic comedy genre.



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Is Ruby Weaver's Mr. Right really an emissary from the year 2,470, or is he just a complete loon ball? This question is at the heart of Brad Anderson's whimsical romantic comedy. The story opens with Ruby (Marisa Tomei) lamenting over her boyfriend Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio) to her shrink (Holland Taylor). In a series of flashbacks, the film quickly sketches Ruby as a neurotic with an unhappy track record concerning men and Sam as an oddball who is afraid of small dogs and has a barcode tattooed to


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Brad Anderson

Dec 17, 2002

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Happy Accidents looks drab and doesn't take very good advantage of its New York locations, but the neurotic intensity and emotional honesty of its two leads more than make up for it.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The story isn't perfectly proportioned ... but it gets quirkier at the points where most romantic comedies go limp.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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For a high-flown fantasy, it's surprisingly down-to-Earth.

October 12, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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The actors have enough appeal to keep it moving over the speed bumps.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The charm of Happy Accidents is that, like Ruby, we half-believe Sam Deed.

September 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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The low-budget Happy Accidents may be just the tonic for those in the mood for something quirky and low-key.

September 27, 2001 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
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Tangy romantic comedy plays sly games.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Vincent D'Onofrio . . . makes the stranger-in-a-strange-land thing irresistible.

June 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Once again, director Brad Anderson (of SESSION 9 and NEXT STOP WONDERLAND) has earned the title "maker of chick-flicks that guys can tolerate

May 12, 2003 Full Review Source:

A boxed-in [but] entertaining diversion... a small-scale surrealist love story anchored by two fully committed, highly watchable actors.

September 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Starts off really well, progresses at an enjoyable pace, and falters a little about 2/3 of the way through.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

It's nothing like the sappy, crappy rom-coms we're used to seeing.

November 20, 2001 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

Tomei and D'Onofrio imbue their roles with the requisite warmth and fragility.

October 17, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

This is a tangy romantic comedy that plays sly games of its own with time as the story unfolds.

October 16, 2001
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Gleefully silly fun, with a few core concepts on the nature of time, space, and la-la-la-love thrown in for good measure.

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Happy Accidents has a sense of humor and a good-natured warmth -- stemming mostly from the appealingly peculiar performances -- that make its shortcomings easier to forgive.

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

Its rampant oddness is certain to polarize audiences.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Sam is the twitching Romeo to Ruby's tear-stained Juliet; and their fair Verona is the fourth dimension.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Gimmick aside, Happy Accidents is driven by sharply acted characters.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film's unconventional quality also what makes it so well worth seeking out.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source:

An unconventional look at places in love and life where we've all been at one time or another.

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Both leads act passionately well, it's ironic that very little passion in the form of chemistry ignites. Still, a very strong intriguing fresh script.

October 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

It contains all the pain and hard work of a real-life relationship. Those who want to work for it will admire Happy Accidents.

October 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Happy Accidents

This was recently on Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen list, and it certainly is awesome despite its kooky concept of whether Ruby's new lover is a potentially dangerous paranoid-delusional or if he's actually a time traveler from 2470. What I really enjoyed is that I couldn't figure it out either. Sam's backstory and mission are convincingly explained away by some futuristic developments, but everything the shrink says about temporal lobe epilepsy seems valid as well. Vincent D'Onofrio is just sweet enough and just lazy-faced-crazy enough to lend a slight disturbance to this otherwise light romance.
July 15, 2012

Super Reviewer

Slow, but worth sticking with. Very original idea for a romantic movie. Wasn't sure I liked it to start with, but it did end up being worth a watch.
April 20, 2009

Super Reviewer

It Like like K-PAX, but with Tomei and D'Onofrio relationship as the centerpiece. Quirky and Romantic, it really doesn't reach mind bending for me. The tension of the story is held squarely "Is D'Onofrio" sane or a time traveler. There is a quirky chemestry that works, D'Onofrio is smitten with Tormei and Tormei is in love with his dedication to her (after a life full of failed romances).
January 3, 2012
Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

It was okay. I don't think I'm the right audience for romantic films , I guess.
February 21, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Sam Deed: It's like my whole life has been a journey to make it into your arms.
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