Another Happy Day Reviews

December 9, 2011
Levinson piles on the anguish with such abandon he never convinces you that these people would ever speak to each other, much less live under the same roof.
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 22, 2011
"Another Happy Day" becomes increasingly difficult to watch, despite its intelligence and strong cast. You wish this family well, but you're grateful to see the last of them.
November 19, 2011
Sam Levinson has proven that he can get a movie made. Good for him. But he still has to prove that he has a story to tell.
November 18, 2011
If you liked Rachel Getting Married or Margot at the Wedding, you probably have good taste, so you should avoid this one.
November 18, 2011
Dislikable movie characters don't always result in dislikable movies but that's certainly the case with Sam Levinson's Another Happy Day.
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.
November 17, 2011
Both anguished and histrionic and in its strongest moments very, very good. But it is also overpopulated, strident and constitutionally unable to step back and scrutinize itself.
November 17, 2011
Levinson's uneven family drama bears all the hallmarks of a self-conscious indie debut. But he has one distinct advantage many young filmmakers lack: a powerhouse cast.
November 17, 2011
Ellen Barkin - playing the estranged mother of the groom - does a big heap of acting as one of the more histrionic members of the clan.
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 15, 2011
Hoping to distract us from the zero ideas found in his film, Levinson demands that his cast act loudly and unbearably...
November 14, 2011
[Mistakes] over-the-top dysfunctional family cruelty for comedy and drama.
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 8, 2011
Laugh-laced dark drama of family angst overcomes the hurdle of its wedding-weekend setting.