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Happy, Happy Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
Sewitsky is a bit too fond of the handheld camera, but she is immediate, close. Her first picture, daring title and all, takes an empathic look at a permanent puzzle.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 13, 2012
A thoughtful, nicely played melodrama, bordering on patronising in its depiction of rural folk, but staying on the right side of the line - thanks to sympathetic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2011
The curdled Norwegian comedy-drama "Happy, Happy," which dissects a pair of poisoned marriages, is sometimes heavy-handed (like its title) but has much to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2011
Sewitsky aims for quirky humanism along the lines of Finland's Aki Kaurismaki; she's helped along considerably by Kittelsen's sunny performance, though the film crosses over into Scandinavian kitsch with a series of country-swing interludes.
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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 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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 6, 2011
The trysts and twists are handled with a Coenesque sense of ironic melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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+
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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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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.
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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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Noel Murray
AV Club
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2011
[A] pleasantly warped Norwegian dramatic comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 13, 2011
Happy Happy is a winning comedy that gets good-natured fun out of characters behaving quite badly.
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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.