Happy Endings Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
The drama never feels more than a well-shot TV soap. Worse is Roos' tragic insistence on text inserts to explain every motivation, making the whole thing look like a fatal cross between Queer As Folk and VH1's Pop Up Video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009
Potent social satire mixes with multiple characters incapable of telling the truth, especially to themselves, in writer/director Don Roos' enjoyable comedy of deception and dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
October 5, 2007
There's a little fanciful magic to spread over this flighty romance on the run, or at least enough to take that hackneyed notion of the happy ending, and fashion something fresh and new.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Rarely has a film started so brilliantly and then so willfully shot itself directly in the foot.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 16, 2006
A quirky and often enjoyable film about dysfunctional relationships, Happy Endings brings together separate stories about complicated characters who are all trying to deal with the truth.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 24, 2005
The cast is a who's who, a who's not, and a who might one day be; they're the best part of a picture that is unnecessarily complex.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 7, 2005
Happy Endings is two-thirds of a really good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
The most satisfying film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 4, 2005
An unsuccessful attempt is made to tie all these loose threads together into one coherent story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
August 29, 2005
...an uneven, sometimes rambling journey that elicits mostly false emotion with regard to the payoff suggested by its title.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 12, 2005
Lisa Kudrow's sporting serious brown hair. Tom Arnold's wearing a rare dramatic frown. So we know Happy Endings isn't likely to be a frivolous comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 11, 2005
Intriguing but overlong and indulgent, the work of a writer too in love with his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 11, 2005
Serves as a relaunching pad for the magical talents of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 7, 2005
...although it's generally entertaining throughout, Happy Endings just doesn't have the emotional impact that Roos is clearly striving for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 5, 2005
Overstuffed with characters and contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 5, 2005
Roos's movie is so aggressively pleased with itself it leaves you feeling it doesn't even need an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
August 5, 2005
Roos does better at imparting a sense of the striving that's inherent to L.A., letting us know, through the characters' living situations, that not everyone shares in the town's magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 5, 2005
It isn't quite right to call Happy Endings a comedy, although the film does have plenty of dark humour. It's more of an urban fairy tale, and a positive urban fairy tale about the pursuit of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2005
[It] feels like Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia for adolescents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 5, 2005
Even more cynical than the characters in Happy Endings is how Roos treats them in the final reel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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