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Happy Endings Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
April 15, 2009
Potent social satire mixes with multiple characters incapable of telling the truth, especially to themselves, in writer/director Don Roos' enjoyable comedy of deception and dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
October 5, 2007
There's a little fanciful magic to spread over this flighty romance on the run, or at least enough to take that hackneyed notion of the happy ending, and fashion something fresh and new.
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Empire Magazine
April 8, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Urban Cinefile
March 16, 2006
A quirky and often enjoyable film about dysfunctional relationships, Happy Endings brings together separate stories about complicated characters who are all trying to deal with the truth.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
The most satisfying film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

August 27, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 12, 2005
Lisa Kudrow's sporting serious brown hair. Tom Arnold's wearing a rare dramatic frown. So we know Happy Endings isn't likely to be a frivolous comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 11, 2005
Serves as a relaunching pad for the magical talents of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 7, 2005
...although it's generally entertaining throughout, Happy Endings just doesn't have the emotional impact that Roos is clearly striving for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
August 5, 2005
Roos does better at imparting a sense of the striving that's inherent to L.A., letting us know, through the characters' living situations, that not everyone shares in the town's magic.
| Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 5, 2005
It isn't quite right to call Happy Endings a comedy, although the film does have plenty of dark humour. It's more of an urban fairy tale, and a positive urban fairy tale about the pursuit of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Dale
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
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...
Eric D. Snider
July 28, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
Julian Roman
July 28, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Susan Granger
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
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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
March 24, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Hollywood Reporter
November 1, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 7, 2005

Boston Phoenix
July 28, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 28, 2005
Hanh Nguyen
July 28, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 28, 2005
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