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Happiness Runs Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
May 17, 2010
Sherman's macabre dream-fueled imagery elevates the material from solely navel-gazing, but only slightly.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 7, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 7, 2010
This strident exposť may gladden the hearts of some anti-'60s conservatives, but it is a shapeless mess steeped in prurience.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2010
An astoundingly bad memory piece that blows its potential dramatic heft at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
July 6, 2010
There's more boobs than brains in Adam Sherman's semi-true tale of heedless, bored debauchery
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
May 5, 2010
Rarely has anything so lurid seemed so downright mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
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.
Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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