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Happy, Happy Reviews

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October 6, 2011
Sewitsky isn't much of a visual stylist - every expense appears to have been spared on the film's washed-out videotaped look - but her compassion for her characters is welcome, welcome.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
The trysts and twists are handled with a Coenesque sense of ironic melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2011
What makes 'Happy, Happy' work is the cast, especially the tremulous, happily neurotic Kittelsen, and director Sewitsky's keen eye for what makes relationships, even the hellish ones, funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
September 23, 2011
Sewitsky may intend "Happy, Happy" as a Chekhovian chamber piece or romantic bagatelle, but her smugness about racism - and her glib symbolic resolution of the conflicts she raises - suggests an ambition that far outstrips her ability, at least for now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 22, 2011
You can't help but laugh at the obviousness in "Happy Happy.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 21, 2011
First-time filmmaker Anne Sewitsky finds a compassionate way to tell a familiar tale of adultery, and she's helped immeasurably by a first-rate acting ensemble...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2011
On a discomforting level, the film ranks about a seven. The cringe-producing moments of humiliation raise the dramedy above the familiar roads to self-perception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2011
Kittelsen is a funny, expansive actress, and director Anne Sewitsky manages the sad-comic tonal shifts with emotional accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 16, 2011
One of those few films in theaters that are really and truly adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
September 16, 2011
A subplot involving (children & slavery) is extremely discomforting. Still, the film is touched with truthful, graceful moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 15, 2011
Its subversive intentions are ultimately undercut by its lack of nerve, along with a lurking sentimentality.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2011
"Happy, Happy" won't make you happy if you hold to the notion that a movie can be funny or serious, but not both.
September 15, 2011
For all the zaniness, the movie's understanding and insight come in moments so incisive that the sharpness will sting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2011
What Happy, Happy lacks in inspiration it makes up in specificity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 15, 2011
Norwegian filmmaker Anne Sewitsky makes a thought-provoking and sexy debut with a romantic comedy/drama neatly offset by acapella musical interludes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 15, 2011
Happy, Happy unfolds in a fleet 85 minutes, with no wasted scenes and with strong performances from all concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 14, 2011
[A] pleasantly warped Norwegian dramatic comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 14, 2011
Shifts into a blend of infidelity farce and domestic-strife melodrama that never quite finds an organic middle ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 13, 2011
Kittelsen's performance is the linchpin of the film -- her open, emotive face reveals as much about her thoughts as her poor impulse control.
September 13, 2011
Happy Happy is a winning comedy that gets good-natured fun out of characters behaving quite badly.
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