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Happy Endings Reviews

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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 4, 2005
Having whipped up three basic story ideas, any one of which could be the basis of a decent feature, Roos throws them all in together and gussies them up with preposterous complications.
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
August 3, 2005
[Roos']s writing is facile--he needs actors like Kudrow and Gyllenhaal to give his work depth and texture, and he seems to sense it without jealousy.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
July 31, 2005
Unabashedly sentimental (cheekily couched in a black-comic guise), with Roos acting as a sort of benevolent god over his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 29, 2005
Like the pilot for a pretentious HBO 'dramedy' that expects us to contemplate its significance during the silences that broadcast television would fill with a laugh track.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 28, 2005
It's easy to guess everything that happens long before it does, and the 'shocking' secrets are anything but.
| Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 28, 2005
[S]ing[s] with truths about how we define love today and why we embrace chaos over order in personal relationships...
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 28, 2005
Watching a film by Roos is like being locked in a room for two hours with people you loathe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
July 28, 2005
Roos does an admirable job balancing the tragedy and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 28, 2005
The narrative sprawls without achieving depth and carries the additional burden of featuring only two or three interesting characters out of 10 candidates.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 28, 2005
The film isn't engaging enough to hold the average viewer's attention for its full two-plus hour running length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat
July 28, 2005
Roos creates a slate of interesting characters who find themselves in unexpected situations that lead to realistic -- and in their own way, happy -- endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
July 28, 2005
Director Roos has way too many balls in the air here. The film is long and the multiple plots distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
July 24, 2005
Contrived and complicated - yet compelling - it's all about the search for contentment as lonely souls connect.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 22, 2005
Roos' long and uneven adult comedy happily offers another captivating performance by Gyllenhaal, who purrs as a kittenish vixen.
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
July 20, 2005
This tops my short list of 2005's best films thus far.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 20, 2005
It's a shallow, cruddy-looking film that these fine actors have granted a depth it frankly doesn't deserve.
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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 19, 2005
The surface smoothness can't make up for the deeper flaws...fails signally in establishing any solid emotional connection with most of the people it portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
July 19, 2005
Worthwhile for the three leads (Kudrow, Gyllenhaal, and Coogan) and for Roos's unique perspectives as a storyteller, close captioned for cognitively impaired.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 18, 2005
Writer/director Don Roos has fashioned a funny though sometimes bleak and cynical black comedy, with multiple storylines that sometimes connect in jarring fashion.
Francesca Dinglasan
Boxoffice Magazine
July 18, 2005
Although all actors are plausible in their respective roles, Gyllenhaal's Jude is the only one that is provided with enough dimensionality to keep things interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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