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Happy Endings Reviews

May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 11, 2005
Intriguing but overlong and indulgent, the work of a writer too in love with his characters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2005
Serves as a relaunching pad for the magical talents of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude.
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
August 5, 2005
[It] feels like Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia for adolescents.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 28, 2005
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 28, 2005
Roos does an admirable job balancing the tragedy and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 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
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.
July 15, 2005
Happy Endings is the kind of self-conscious puzzle picture in which characters behave in ways that serve the plot but in no way resemble things that actual human beings would be likely to do.
July 15, 2005
Complicated? Yes. Potentially heavy? Sure. But it's also highly engrossing and, in a dark way, ultimately rather sweet.
July 15, 2005
What's so splendid about Happy Endings is the very fact that it fits into no genre whatsoever and at no time while watching it can you say, oh, probably this is going to happen.
July 15, 2005
Happy Endings, its interwoven stories exploring the consequences of sex and the ramifications of procreation, is mildly thought-provoking without using heavy-handed commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 15, 2005
An intricate ensemble comedy about sex, lies and reproduction, has some messy spots, but overall it's a warm, quirky story about people who seem spiky and real.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 15, 2005
Extremely pleasurable and well worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 15, 2005
A warm and vital homage to urban cluelessness.
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 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
Heartfelt but dark comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
As bawdy, self-conscious, jaded and still sweetly optimistic as its double-entendre of a title suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2005
The writer and director Don Roos's slyly subversive ensemble piece is a drama disguised as a wisp of a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2005
There's something compelling about Happy Endings and something unexpectedly sweet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
It's hard to dislike Don Roos' Magnolia-inspired triptych of interconnected comic tales about lies, sex and video.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2005
The film rambles, but rambling with the mischievous Roos is still a tricky and winning proposition.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2005
Disjointed indie comic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 14, 2005
It's a challenge to keep up with the multiple character studies and story lines, which are braided, tangled and teased. But the performances are exceptional.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2005
Happy Endings maintains a certain level of intrigue, and occasionally bursts into life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2005
There is intermittent charm in the execution and, especially, in the performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2005
Lithe, clever, thoughtful, well-acted and certainly entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: B
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 12, 2005
Roos forecasts and explains every development with a title card, a device not unlike having someone yammering in your ear throughout the entire feature run time.