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Happy Endings Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

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 Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 2/5

November 7, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

April 15, 2009
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

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October 5, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

Rarely has a film started so brilliantly and then so willfully shot itself directly in the foot.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
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Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 16, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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 Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C+

November 24, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Happy Endings is two-thirds of a really good film.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2005
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

The most satisfying film of the year.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 5/5

September 23, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

An unsuccessful attempt is made to tie all these loose threads together into one coherent story.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

September 4, 2005
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

...an uneven, sometimes rambling journey that elicits mostly false emotion with regard to the payoff suggested by its title.

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August 29, 2005
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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

August 12, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Intriguing but overlong and indulgent, the work of a writer too in love with his characters.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Serves as a relaunching pad for the magical talents of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 11, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...although it's generally entertaining throughout, Happy Endings just doesn't have the emotional impact that Roos is clearly striving for.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Overstuffed with characters and contrivances.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Roos's movie is so aggressively pleased with itself it leaves you feeling it doesn't even need an audience.

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

August 5, 2005
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

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 Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2005
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 5, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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[It] feels like Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia for adolescents.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Even more cynical than the characters in Happy Endings is how Roos treats them in the final reel.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 5, 2005
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