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Happy Times Reviews

Derek Elley
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January 8, 2003
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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A provocative, touching, surprising and obliquely illuminating piece.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2002

Arizona Republic
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October 4, 2002
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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Not a film to rival To Live, but a fine little amuse-bouche to keep your appetite whetted.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 9, 2002
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Metaphors abound, but it is easy to take this film at face value and enjoy its slightly humorous and tender story.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 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
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
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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An engaging and specific portrait of a culture in transition, even as it evokes humanity's most universal and timeless values.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 9, 2002
Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
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A bittersweet contemporary comedy about benevolent deception, which, while it may not rival the filmmaker's period pieces, is still very much worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

August 9, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Gently humorous and touching.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C+

August 9, 2002
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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A tale of unlikely friendship in an increasingly uncaring world.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2002
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
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Endows humanist cinema with a heroic moral dimension.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 8, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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This is a film, like City Lights, that blends darkness and light, laughter and tears -- expertly and with love.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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One feels the dimming of a certain ambition, but in its place a sweetness, clarity and emotional openness that recalls the classics of early Italian neorealism.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2002
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Occasionally funny and consistently odd, and it works reasonably well as a star vehicle for Zhao.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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July 28, 2002
Jan Stuart
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Sentimentality and the comedy of deception conspire to enchanting effect.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie is best when it's deadpan, before it veers from O. Henry irony to Chaplin pathos.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

July 26, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Worth watching for Dong Jie's performance -- and for the way it documents a culture in the throes of rapid change.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Simultaneously poignant, engagingly funny and bittersweet, it mixes its elements in a way that is completely its own.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Wise, gentle and sad.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
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Anchored by two fine performances, this bittersweet comedy about second chances just might signal a new beginning for the director as well.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 25, 2002
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
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
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
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