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Happiness Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 20, 2009
Exhibits an almost pitch-perfect balance between condescension and compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
Happiness is tough stuff -- quietly confrontational, genuinely haunting, and, most disturbing of all, unexpectedly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
October 10, 2006
By far Solondz's best film, an original exploration of American suburban angst, with three Chekhovian sisters at the center and a gallery of "deviant" characters that are presented with humor in non-judgmental way.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
September 24, 2003
It'll soon have you quoting German existential philosophers in coming to terms with it . . .
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Even in the darkest, sickest moments, there's always some kind of humor [but] what makes this comedy superior to most is that it remains painfully sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Some truly hilarious moments, but I spent most of the film with my mouth hanging open in shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 7, 2001
...seduces us with subtle humor and then hammers us with unpleasantness; it seems as selfishly opportunistic as anything committed by the perverted characters it portrays.
| Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Jonathan Lethem
January 1, 2000
I, for one, would be thrilled to see Solondz's heart open in his future work. But it would be a mistake to flinch from the greatness of Happiness in the meantime.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Happiness is not a film about happiness, but what is imagined as making one happy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I'm fairly thick skinned, but this film managed to create major feelings of revulsion in me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Everyone in this world is pretty much a pig of some sort. Those that aren't are doomed to be victims.
| Original Score: 5/5
Peter Henne
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Solondz's view of [his characters] is prickly, perhaps, but he doesn't skewer them or indict humanity.
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
We are talking humor here in a shade of black that a raven would envy.
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
If the film had managed somehow to keep the humor in with the shock quality, it would have been a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
Solondz is one of the masters of flawlessly intermingling both pitch-black comedy and heartbreaking drama, sometimes at the very same moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
A brave, brilliantly realized piece of work, one that will be debated about for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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