Another Happy Day Reviews

November 11, 2013
Superb writing, a quickly moving plot and outstanding lead performances make this one a winner.
January 12, 2012
The actors make the trauma in "Another Happy Day" feel real. But it's too often undercut by directorial fussiness that feels more academic than personal.
December 21, 2011
...the performances of Barkin and Miller - who's getting great buzz for his work in We Need to Talk About Kevin - make it worth seeing, even in this season of Oscar-seeking dramas.
December 8, 2011
Combines some of the stock elements of a family film with an extra something - a go-for-the-jugular quality, a kind of Ingmar Bergman-like honesty and viciousness that brings it up a notch.
November 18, 2011
Intense, mature drama excavates too many family skeletons.
November 17, 2011
Levinson's movie is highly enjoyable, if cast in a conventional mold, but I'm fully going on the warpath for Barkin, who has soldiered on through a long period of post-stardom and deserves an Oscar nomination for this role, right now.
November 17, 2011
For all of difficulties, there is an authenticity in Levinson's work that you can see in the film, and his is a compelling voice playing in that minor key.
Top Critic
November 17, 2011
The movie works the audience's nerves with enough determination to get under the skin and stay there, a sensation that comes awfully close to an earned emotional response.
Top Critic
November 16, 2011
It's good to see so much talent and feeling in one movie, and Another Happy Day has plenty of it.
November 15, 2011
A collection of Chekhovian characters sitting on a powder keg in a match factory.
November 4, 2011
Altmanesque in its sprawl and sympathetic attitude toward even its most flawed characters, Happy Day marks a mostly promising debut for director-writer Sam Levinson.
February 11, 2011
Barkin looks great and makes a noble effort trying to keep her middle-aged mom character grounded, but Levinson unloads too many hysterical outbursts and crying fits to keep Lynn from dissolving into parody.
February 8, 2011
Laugh-laced dark drama of family angst overcomes the hurdle of its wedding-weekend setting.
February 6, 2011
A searing look at the modern family dynamic, and the way love and hate can be inter-changable at times. Ellen Barkin is Oscar worthy.
January 30, 2011
A movie that will make you laugh and cry in equal proportions and it signals the arrival of another terrific second generation filmmaker.