Happiness Runs Reviews

April 27, 2020
The kids' story gets out of control, but Andie MacDowell is a pleasantly earthy mess as Victor's out-of-it mother, and familiar New York faces (Ann Magnuson, Mark Boone Jr., Richard Edson) lend quirky support as the out-of-it elders.
July 6, 2010
There's more boobs than brains in Adam Sherman's semi-true tale of heedless, bored debauchery
May 19, 2010
Happiness Runs wears its air-quote truth like a protective cloak, to fend off dismissals of its narrative inadequacies: after all, if it's based on a true story, how could it not be infused with hidden profundity?
May 17, 2010
Sherman's macabre dream-fueled imagery elevates the material from solely navel-gazing, but only slightly.
May 13, 2010
An astoundingly bad memory piece that blows its potential dramatic heft at every turn.
May 10, 2010
"Callow" would be too kind a description of this messy, unoriginal and dull treatise of a filmmaker's youthful years in a commune.
May 7, 2010
An unexpectedly subtle coming-of-age film, Happiness Runs is also something of an allegory for Generation X's conservative reaction against the flower-power excesses of their baby boomer progenitors.
May 7, 2010
This strident expos may gladden the hearts of some anti-'60s conservatives, but it is a shapeless mess steeped in prurience.
May 7, 2010
May 5, 2010
Rarely has anything so lurid seemed so downright mundane.
Top Critic
May 5, 2010
O.K., life without structure or purpose leads to disillusionment and angst, but we knew that already. I'll be darned if I know what deeper lesson we're supposed to learn after suffering through 88 minutes of misery.
May 4, 2010
The film builds on a fascinating cautionary tale, but doesn't develop its characters past whatever movie-of-the-week crisis each suffers from.