Happy, Happy - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Happy, Happy Reviews

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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 22, 2011
You can't help but laugh at the obviousness in "Happy Happy.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 7, 2011
"Happy, Happy" has the makings of a Norwegian "Ice Storm," but it goes out with a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 6, 2011
Caught between humor and drama, the average audience will not put out the effort to stick with this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2011
Happy, Happy is another gust of smugly cold air from the land of Bent Hamer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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
Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012
Darkly comic and surprisingly touching in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Thrower
October 5, 2012
With something to relate to in everyone, Happy, Happy is a fun dose of laughter, excitement and spontaneity with added hidden layers that is more than a little infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
September 13, 2011
The questionable black-historical shorthand detracts from what is otherwise a well-performed and fitfully amusing film.
Simon Miraudo
December 4, 2011
Like The Kids Are All Right and infinite Woody Allen films before it, Happy Happy is a charming little picture that, despite being over-sentimental at times, is human enough to be considered a valuable gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
November 25, 2012
Good-natured Norwegian culture-clash comedy between city folks and their new small-town neighbours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2011
It is short and intense enough that it always seems on track, even if the train goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
Simon Foster
June 12, 2011
Happy Happy is an achingly awkward, surprisingly moving and very funny skewering of modern society's tendency towards self-fulfilment over shared experience.
Jamie Healy
Radio Times
November 22, 2012
Like its heroine, the story never dwells on the heartbreak, delivering plenty of wry smiles and surprises as the four adults are forced to confront all the glaring problems in their marriages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
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-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 15, 2012
I grinned a grin glazed with pure discomfort - which is, of course, the whole idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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
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