• 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

Mark Salisbury
Time Out
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Smith hits all the right notes - understated, engaging, inspirational - even if his young son threatens to charm him off the screen.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 11, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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This is Smith as you've never seen him -- an unsure, struggling, frustrated guy trying to hold together his family and failing.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 30, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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As cynical as I am, I have to admit I was completely won over by Smith's sincere and deeply effective work as a guy who was knocked down again and again, but refused to stay on the canvas.

December 18, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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A by-the-numbers piece of Hollywood inspiration.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

December 17, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Some people will see The Pursuit of Happyness as a glorification of capitalism, but the movie is much less about 'getting' than it is about 'not having.'

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 15, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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The Pursuit of Happyness can't imagine anything worse than being poor. Except maybe being surrounded by poor people.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Ultimately, the real Chris Gardner emerges as an inspirational American success story -- and Will Smith emerges as a fine and nuanced actor.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Will Smith has the right quality for the role -- he's an easy man to root for -- but he augments this by channeling some inner quality of desperation and need.

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

December 15, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A movie star who can slip easily into high-beam mode, Smith gives a restrained and nuanced turn.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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For anybody who ever has been at the bottom, or feared they were headed there, it's a reminder that there's no guarantee of luck or happiness in the Declaration of Independence -- just the right to pursue it.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

December 15, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Honest tears, honestly earned, is the credo and it's practiced here.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Smith may be the closest Hollywood has to a modern Cary Grant, an instantly likable actor comfortable in every role he attempts.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The movie is essentially a vehicle for Smith, but the actor more than rises to the challenge. Rarely has attaining the American Dream seemed so impossible or daunting or so intensely, profoundly satisfying.

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

December 15, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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There are worse ways to spend the holidays, and, at the least, it will likely make you appreciate your own circumstances.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The whole thing works. This earnest, modest, sweet little ode to paternal love is meant to warm the cockles of our hearts in a season overrun with cockle-warming, and even a recalcitrant Scrooge may sniff back a few salty droplets.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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For an expensive, mainstream Hollywood movie, The Pursuit of Happyness is crisscrossed with mixed motives.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The Pursuit of Happyness attempts to be a warm movie with a good message. But its message is substantially skewed and the resulting warmth factor is decidedly low.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

December 15, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The subject of The Pursuit of Happyness denies all the odds and refuses to quit, and this movie has the same fighting, American spirit.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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I left the movie thinking that a whole lot of folks in Gardner's situation can't do what he did. They can't break the cycle of poverty. They never get off the street. But this is the story of one man who made it, and Smith does him justice.

| Original Score: B

December 15, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Pursuit of Happyness isn't just a balm intended to heal negative depictions of AWOL African-American fathers. The movie pays respect to all single parents striving to do the right thing with few resources.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Robert W. Butler
Dallas Morning News
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Few on-screen father-son relationships have felt more authentic than that depicted by Will Smith and his real-life son in The Pursuit of Happyness.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

December 15, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's a fine film, with a portrait of fatherhood that feels scuffed and driven and real.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The role needs gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it. He's the real deal.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Thankfully, humor leavens the dark journey, and little Jaden and his jokes go a long way to warm our hearts.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Smith is resourceful in the role, though the story stretches one's credulity about his character's resourcefulness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 14, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The Pursuit of Happyness goes beyond tugging at our heartstrings. It plucks them, strokes them, strums them, plays them for all they're worth. That's both the strength and the weakness of this inspirational drama.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 14, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Smith hasn't delivered this kind of earnest, emotionally raw performance since Ali, and his Chris Gardner is every bit as complex.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A fairy tale in realist drag, The Pursuit of Happyness is the kind of entertainment that goes down smoothly until it gets stuck in your craw.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

December 14, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The Pursuit of Happyness is the biography of a real guy named Christopher Gardner, whom Will Smith, charming and bright, embodies to the fingertips.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 14, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's almost impossible to watch this movie and not, on some level beyond reason, succumb. The Pursuit of Happyness is an expert piece of calculation: a male weepie engineered for the whole family.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

December 14, 2006
David Ansen
Newsweek
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[An] honorable but dogged effort.

December 14, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Winter's coming in hard, but this season's leading cause of the sniffles is going to be The Pursuit of Happyness, a viral blast of the American Dream. It's Rocky with a briefcase.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Smith is terrific and moving in this film. The film itself is more conventional. Yet it's better-crafted and less obviously ruthless in the pathos department than you'd expect.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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How is it that movies 'inspired by a real story' often feel more fake than those fully embedded in the realm of fiction?

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Pursuit of Happyness is at its most resonant when the metaphorical stone Gardner strains to push up the mountain of his desires rolls back on him.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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For a movie conceived and executed in the mainstream Hollywood idiom, it has uncommon depth and honesty. And the thing it's honest about is the embarrassment and humiliation of being poor.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 14, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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While he doesn't stint on the warm 'n' fuzzies, Italian director Gabriele Muccino doesn't mind showing us what sleeping in a homeless shelter or, worse yet, in the men's room at a BART station, looks like.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

December 14, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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At its core The Pursuit of Happyness is a good story -- one that's literally rags to riches, and didn't need the many tweaks and embellishments that Italian director Gabriele Muccino and writer Steven Conrad have added.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 12, 2006
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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The movie, the first English-language film directed by Italian Gabriele Muccino, is too emotionally slick to work, too visually glib to have an impact.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 12, 2006
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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You have to wonder why director Gabriele Muccino chose to dramatize the poor man's plight by having him run constantly through the streets of San Francisco. What ever became of quiet desperation?

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 11, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie is an economic cliff-hanger.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 11, 2006
Brian Lowry
Variety
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... The Pursuit of Happyness winds up being a little like the determined salesman Mr. Gardner himself: easy to root for, certainly, but not that much fun to spend time with.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 7, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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... this is a slick studio production with a huge movie star and top professionals occupying every production role so that the polish of this well-made film makes even homelessness look neat and tidy.

December 7, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The Pursuit of Happyness speaks eloquently to the anxieties of our own time, when staying afloat, let alone movin' on up, has rarely been tougher.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

December 6, 2006
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