The Pursuit of Happyness Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Counterfeit emotion and submerged racism
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Sap, sentiment, and hokey plot devices bog down an otherwise down to earth story.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Will Smith is getting all the awards buzz, but it's his real-life son, Jaden, who transcends all expectations in Happyness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 6, 2008
Even the glossiest of surfaces can't extinguish the genuine emotions running beneath them here.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
Few films so convincingly portray the titanic struggle that some people face day in and day out just to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
This is Will Smith's movie from start to finish and he carries it wonderfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
June 23, 2007
[A] calculatedly emotional, sterilizingly cleancut drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 10, 2007
Hokey title, but sometimes movie is good.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 24, 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.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 21, 2007
The American Dream as white, rich and all male.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
February 19, 2007
Will Smith gives the performance of his career in a movie for which phrases like "heart-warming" and "life-affirming" were made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 3, 2007
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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 3, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 17, 2007
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.
Jamie Graham
Total Film
January 14, 2007
Relentlessly grim but in a phony, Hollywood kinda way.
Full Review | 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 | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Arendt
BBC.com
January 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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