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Happy Times Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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To me, it sounds like a cruel deception carried out by men of marginal intelligence, with reactionary ideas about women and a total lack of empathy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 9, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews pulls all the heart strings it can in a shameless attempt to get real emotions.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 10, 2003
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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That Zhang would make such a strainingly cute film -- with a blind orphan at its center, no less -- indicates where his ambitions have wandered.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 23, 2002
Marcy Dermansky

Jie Dong, who makes her film debut as the blind and unwanted Little Wu, is thin, tough and heartbreakingly lovely.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 24, 2003
Mike D'Angelo
Time Out New York
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A mawkish, implausible platonic romance that makes Chaplin's City Lights seem dispassionate by comparison.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 46/100

July 23, 2002
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Even legends like Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston occasionally directed trifles... so it's no surprise to see a world-class filmmaker like Zhang Yimou behind the camera for a yarn that's ultimately rather inconsequential.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 20, 2002
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

The basic premise is intriguing but quickly becomes distasteful and downright creepy.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 61/100

June 5, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The talky script leaves it to Benshan to carry the movie, but he just isn't a strong enough actor.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 24, 2002
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Busy urban comedy is clearly not Zhang's forte, his directorial touch is neither light nor magical enough to bring off this kind of whimsy.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

August 1, 2002
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The film's maudlin focus on the young woman's infirmity and her naive dreams play like the worst kind of Hollywood heart-string plucking.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 9, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Aspires for the piquant but only really achieves a sort of ridiculous sourness.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 12, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

There is so much plodding sensitivity.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2002
Jason Anderson

This sort of cute and cloying material is far from Zhang's forte and it shows.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2002
Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
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The performances are winning all around. And the comic, slice-of-life feel is charming, but takes a hike as the film progresses.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

August 22, 2002
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Well-meaning but unpalatable mush.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2002
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 10, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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With an expressive face reminiscent of Gong Li and a vivid personality like Zhang Ziyi's, Dong stakes out the emotional heart of Happy.

April 9, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The warm presence of Zhao Benshan makes the preposterous lying hero into something more than he reasonably should be.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

This humbling little film, fueled by the light comedic work of Zhao Benshan and the delicate ways of Dong Jie, is just the sort for those moviegoers who complain that 'they don't make movies like they used to anymore.'

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 6, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 2, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly

To live for---The kind heeding the blind in Zhang Yimou's 'Happy Times'

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August 6, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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July 28, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
October 6, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Derek Elley
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 2, 2002

Arizona Republic
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October 4, 2002

AV Club
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January 8, 2003
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