• PG-13, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Gabriele Muccino
    In Theaters:
    Dec 15, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 27, 2007
  • Sony Pictures


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The Pursuit of Happyness Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

The Pursuit of Happyness is a very Hollywood film, which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. It tries very hard to be profound and inspirational, but ultimately it's not up to the task.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

April 25, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

Counterfeit emotion and submerged racism

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 28, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Sap, sentiment, and hokey plot devices bog down an otherwise down to earth story.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

Smith turns in a career-capping performance, and director Gabriele Muccino ingeniously turns the material inward, cautioning us all to be grateful for what we have, for we're closer to the edge than we think.

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

April 23, 2009
Brian Marder

Will Smith is getting all the awards buzz, but it's his real-life son, Jaden, who transcends all expectations in Happyness.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 20, 2008
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Even the glossiest of surfaces can't extinguish the genuine emotions running beneath them here.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B-

April 6, 2008
Brandon Fibbs

Few films so convincingly portray the titanic struggle that some people face day in and day out just to survive.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 7/10

February 28, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

This is Will Smith's movie from start to finish and he carries it wonderfully.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

[A] calculatedly emotional, sterilizingly cleancut drama.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

June 23, 2007
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Hokey title, but sometimes movie is good.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B-

May 10, 2007

In an effort to make a crowd-pleasing film, the horrors that Gardner must have experienced on the streets feel glossed over by the Hollywood machine.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

The American Dream as white, rich and all male.

Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio

March 21, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Will Smith gives the performance of his career in a movie for which phrases like "heart-warming" and "life-affirming" were made.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Sem jamais tratar o papel como uma simples oportunidade de mostrar seu alcance dramático, Will Smith comove justamente por demonstrar o esforço de seu personagem para se conter em momentos de grande emoção.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2007
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The real story of Chris Gardner's life is indeed inspirational. The movie version wants to be inspirational as well, but never quite gets there.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2007

You may come out rebuking yourself for your laziness or your choices or your fatalism or your fears, but you will come out glad you saw this movie.

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 31, 2007
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

We may wonder if happiness can be bought this way, and whether the film being sold to us isn't a slightly suspect package, but Smith, sublime and moving, sells it regardless.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

January 17, 2007
Jamie Graham
Total Film

Relentlessly grim but in a phony, Hollywood kinda way.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

January 14, 2007

Bonding convincingly (as you might expect) with his own son on screen, Smith delivers his most compelling performance since Ali.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

January 14, 2007
Paul Arendt

Deserves kudos for avoiding saccharine sentiment, but its relentless emphasis on money as the cure for all ills is depressing. They might as well have called it The Pursuit of Richyness.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 14, 2007
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