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Happy-Go-Lucky Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
October 31, 2008
It's a powerful argument for optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2008
I've never used this cliché in a review before, and God forbid I ever use it again, so pay close attention: Happy-Go-Lucky is the feel-good movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 31, 2008
Sally Hawkins, in a blinding, Oscar-worthy piece of acting so good you barely see it, plays Poppy, a perpetually upbeat elementary schoolteacher in London.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 30, 2008
Leigh pushes the story in a more interesting direction, asking whether people find happiness or simply will it on themselves.
October 28, 2008
The intentions of this oddity are muddled, but the small portraits of ordinary people choosing their path through the daily range of depression and delight are fully alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 24, 2008
The new Mike Leigh film, Happy-Go-Lucky, is a real pleasure, and besides being Leigh's most buoyantly comic feature it's a marvelous showcase for Sally Hawkins, who has worked twice before with the British writer-director.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2008
Happy-Go-Lucky doesn't provide many insights (even Poppy seems ultimately unsure about whether happiness can be a permanent condition), but it does provide a little joy -- and that's worth celebrating, at the movies and elsewhere.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 23, 2008
Expertly directed by Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky is not only joyous but substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 23, 2008
Mr. Leigh has executed a richly exuberant entertainment for our troubled times, and deserves still another of my honorary Oscars for his astoundingly skillful effort.
October 17, 2008
The British actress Sally Hawkins delivers a nervy, utterly captivating tour de force performance in Happy-Go-Lucky, Mike Leigh's transporting new film.
October 17, 2008
Coming from the man who made his name as a director of often grim social-realist films such as Vera Drake, All or Nothing and Secrets & Lies, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky strikes one as a film fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2008
Happy-Go-Lucky isn't one of Leigh's epic social canvases like Secrets & Lies or even Topsy-Turvy; rather, it's an edgy character study whose message only gradually emerges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2008
Oddball and ingenious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2008
As refreshing as it is to find a movie that leaves you smiling, it's something much rarer to discover a film that makes you think about what a commitment to happiness really means.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 13, 2008
It's a small, radiant gem in a movie season cluttered with rhinestones. You leave the theater feeling both clearheaded and buoyant.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 10, 2008
It is a decidedly clear-eyed exploration of the challenges of being happy. And, as such, it's both an enjoyable comedy and a fascinating character study.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2008
The key to enjoying the film, a minor effort by Leigh, is warming up to Poppy. Her bubbly personality may be too much for some. She's like a walking, talking smiley face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2008
A picture so seemingly light that it might be hours (or even days) before you realize how deep and rich it really is.
October 10, 2008
No list of the year's best performances should be made without [Sally Hawkins].
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2008
Happy-Go-Lucky ultimately charms -- just like its dizzy, disarming heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2008
Poppy, memorably played by Sally Hawkins, is one of those individuals who sees every glass as half-full.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2008
Is it possible to enjoy the company of the world's most irritating woman? Mike Leigh's surprisingly sunny dramedy makes a pretty good case that, in fact, it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2008
The way these two characters react to each other while staying completely in character displays Leigh's method the way nothing else can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 10, 2008
I don't know how Mike Leigh does it.
October 10, 2008
Happy-Go-Lucky is closely tuned to the pulse of communal life, to the rhythms of how people work, play and struggle together.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 9, 2008
The opening scenes of Mike Leigh's latest slice-of-life dramedy Happy-Go-Lucky introduce a protagonist who appears psychologically disordered at worst, and highly annoying at best.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
October 9, 2008
Poppy is upbeat — so relentlessly upbeat that it won't take long before you're wondering just how the director plans to wipe the smile off her face.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 9, 2008
The trouble is that the movie in which Poppy does, in fact, exist never quite rises to her level.
October 9, 2008
Writer-director Leigh, maintaining a deceptively freewheeling tone throughout, creates a comedy that's also something much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 8, 2008
The sunshiny primary-school teacher nicknamed Poppy (Sally Hawkins) in Mike Leigh's exuberant comedy Happy-Go-Lucky is the kind of relentless optimist one might worry about in real life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 8, 2008
We take Mike Leigh's gifts for granted, knowing the collaborative nature of his filmmaking will inevitably produce something brimming with humanity. Yet what the director and cast do with this character study is miraculous.
Read More | Original Score: 5/6
October 8, 2008
At the very least, the spectacle of Poppy's devotion and desire, not to mention her all-around sunny disposish, left this viewer feeling unaccountably happy -- at least for the moment.
October 6, 2008
The movie isn't witty or memorable, but it keeps you on edge, and it's the first war-on-terror film to weave its anti-U.S. politics so deeply into the narrative that the characters don't need to speechify.
October 6, 2008
Happy-Go-Lucky is triumphant proof that a creative middle way is always possible.
April 18, 2008
It's a funny film - a surprise perhaps after 'Vera Drake' - and, crucially, it aches with truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
February 13, 2008
As surprising as it is delicious with an indelible performance by new star Sally Hawkins.
February 13, 2008
As usual, Leigh's trademark extended rehearsal process pays off with vivid characterizations from ensemble cast.