Happy, Happy Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
Sewitsky is a bit too fond of the handheld camera, but she is immediate, close. Her first picture, daring title and all, takes an empathic look at a permanent puzzle.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
November 25, 2012
Good-natured Norwegian culture-clash comedy between city folks and their new small-town neighbours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Healy
Radio Times
November 22, 2012
Like its heroine, the story never dwells on the heartbreak, delivering plenty of wry smiles and surprises as the four adults are forced to confront all the glaring problems in their marriages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
November 16, 2012
While highlighting the messier side of human interaction, this Norwegian black comedy blends snappy wit and romantic farce to keep us entertained even when things get rather dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 16, 2012
The whole is thought-provoking and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012
Darkly comic and surprisingly touching in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
November 15, 2012
Happy, Happy starts out cartoonish and ends up oddly endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 15, 2012
I grinned a grin glazed with pure discomfort - which is, of course, the whole idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Winning
Total Film
November 15, 2012
Sweet but never saccharine, Happy Happy is as delicate as Kaja and just as endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 15, 2012
Succeeds thanks to winning performances, assured direction and a sharply observed script, though it's slightly let down by a dodgy sub-plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 13, 2012
A thoughtful, nicely played melodrama, bordering on patronising in its depiction of rural folk, but staying on the right side of the line - thanks to sympathetic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Thrower
HeyUGuys
October 5, 2012
With something to relate to in everyone, Happy, Happy is a fun dose of laughter, excitement and spontaneity with added hidden layers that is more than a little infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
December 4, 2011
Like The Kids Are All Right and infinite Woody Allen films before it, Happy Happy is a charming little picture that, despite being over-sentimental at times, is human enough to be considered a valuable gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 23, 2011
The human follies abound: Running naked in the Norwegian snow, a couple of foolish affairs, a boy who wants to be a modern slave master.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 19, 2011
Ironic dramedy about couples finding happiness through self-respect.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
October 21, 2011
Happy, Happy is the catharsis for anyone who's had a romance go south.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2011
The curdled Norwegian comedy-drama "Happy, Happy," which dissects a pair of poisoned marriages, is sometimes heavy-handed (like its title) but has much to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2011
Sewitsky aims for quirky humanism along the lines of Finland's Aki Kaurismaki; she's helped along considerably by Kittelsen's sunny performance, though the film crosses over into Scandinavian kitsch with a series of country-swing interludes.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2011
It is short and intense enough that it always seems on track, even if the train goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 6, 2011
Sewitsky isn't much of a visual stylist - every expense appears to have been spared on the film's washed-out videotaped look - but her compassion for her characters is welcome, welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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