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Happy-Go-Lucky Reviews

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Tony Macklin
February 16, 2009
Happy-Go-Lucky is flibbertigibbet cinema. Mike Leigh directed Sally Hawkins in this paean to a peahen. Mike Leigh, let me introduce you to Fran Drescher, Kathy Griffin, and Nancy Grace. They're your kind of women.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
October 28, 2008
Yes, Sally Hawkins does an amazing job, but she also plays a type of person that the majority of us can't stand. It's beyond Poppy's positive outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Victoria Alexander
October 21, 2008
I kept hoping Miss Happy-Go-Lucky would get cancer.
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Cole Smithey
October 12, 2008
Director Mike Leigh creates an air-headed vision of inner contentment in the guise of 30-year-old British primary school teacher and student driver Poppy (played by Sally Hawkins).
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
April 18, 2008
Happy-Go-Lucky might have sit-com spin-off potential, but like one of Poppy's driving lessons, it lurches around, grinding gears, and ends up back where it started.
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
October 30, 2008
Leigh's creation is fixed and unchangeable, admirably optimistic as a person but completely unengaging as a movie character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 18, 2009
While Sally Hawkins turns out an award-worthy performance as Poppy, I quickly became bored with her life and all the turmoil surrounding it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dana Stevens
October 9, 2008
The trouble is that the movie in which Poppy does, in fact, exist never quite rises to her level.
Dustin Putman
October 15, 2008
Cute but inconsequential, pleasant to a degree but so willowy that it hardly seems to exist at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
January 9, 2009
The inexplicably overrated, overbearing and overly improvised tale of peppy Poppy
| Original Score: D+
Gregory Weinkauf
January 12, 2009
A cute but shallow and generally sloppy enterprise.
Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling
June 14, 2016
Once we relax enough to be carried along with the overlapping waves of jokes and remarks, the occasional quip pierces through the tornado of words and strikes a funny bone, sometimes before we realize why we are laughing.
June 12, 2010
If you leave the theater feeling uplifted (and unless your heart is made of cold gray concrete, you will), it wasn't due to manipulation, but a result of the film having honestly earned it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
October 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
September 20, 2008
He may be taking a breather, but this is still a Mike Leigh actors' showcase; expect to hear more about Sally Hawkins (and the amazing "En-rah-ha" Eddie Marsan) as Oscar season approaches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 13, 2008
Hawkins wears her grin in almost every scene, but she gives us hints that this dizzy 30-year-old is deep, as are the disappointments that might have caused Poppy to don this mask. It's a performance of sustained, childlike wonder and adult wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 7, 2008
...the rare movie that seems better the more you think about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2008
Sally Hawkins been in movies before, including Leigh's "Vera Drake" and Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream," but this is her star-making role. She was named best actress at Berlin 2008. I will deliberately employ a cliche: She is a joy to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
October 9, 2008
The buoyant tone of Leigh's latest, Happy-Go-Lucky, is such an unexpected and welcome change-of-pace. For his part, Leigh is just as grumpy as ever, but he has produced a motion picture that can best be described as optimistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
October 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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January 9, 2009
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