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Happy Endings Reviews

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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
July 14, 2005
Happy Endings maintains a certain level of intrigue, and occasionally bursts into life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
November 7, 2012
The drama never feels more than a well-shot TV soap. Worse is Roos' tragic insistence on text inserts to explain every motivation, making the whole thing look like a fatal cross between Queer As Folk and VH1's Pop Up Video.
| Original Score: 2/5
July 10, 2005
Even more irritating than the film's third act triumphs is its lack of faith in moviegoers' intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
July 15, 2005
Happy Endings needed much more than the intricacies of styling gel to explore the heart of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 15, 2005
The serious stuff cancels out the funny stuff, and the funny stuff really isn't all that funny to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 10, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2005
Roos, as a writer, has a flair for comedy, but he could do with someone else on board as director to rein him in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 24, 2005
The cast is a who's who, a who's not, and a who might one day be; they're the best part of a picture that is unnecessarily complex.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 13, 2005
Trouble is, every character in Roos' universe plays at having problems in a homo-hetero-Angeleno world but lacks substance, each little more than a composite of quirks and one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 15, 2005
Roos' stories eventually overlap in a tangle of pat fairy-tale endings, after which he treats his characters to the sort of wrap party given to the casts of a beloved TV series that has just finished its last episode.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2005
As tidily and 'happily' as this movie winds up, it seems like a draft for a project Roos is still working out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 15, 2005
Mr. Roos obviously enjoys directing actors and knows how to relate to them. But Happy Endings suggests he needs a stronger touch when it comes to his own self-indulgence as writer and director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 15, 2005
Happy Endings has nothing new to say -- and takes way too long not to say it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2005
You get the feeling a script is a bit beyond itself when words constantly appear on the screen explaining biographies, plot twists and such, and Roos depends on a constant parade of such explanations in Happy Endings.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 28, 2005
Read More | Original Score: C+
August 5, 2005
Roos's movie is so aggressively pleased with itself it leaves you feeling it doesn't even need an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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