Happy Here and Now - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Happy Here and Now Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 3, 2015
Strange but intriguing pic about alienation from the modern-day tech world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Murky and humorless.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 8, 2006
The film is resolutely committed to its affectations of deepness and meaningfulness, but all it imparts is a sense of tediousness.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
December 16, 2005
Casts an undeniable and lingering spell for those who enjoy their cinema spiked with adventure and philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2005
The future is quieter, emotionally subdued and grayly mysterious, at least in the small hop forward imagined by filmmaker Michael Almereyda.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 16, 2005
Even if you're not quite down with Almereyda's digital-age existentialism, he has impeccable taste in music.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2005
This is a droll, laid-back film noir steeped in Crescent City atmosphere and music that culminates in the colliding worlds of genuine and virtual reality.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 16, 2005
Michael Almereyda's muddled Happy Here and Now should have stayed on the shelf -- where it's been gathering dust for several years.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 16, 2005
Michael Almereyda's futuristic mystery isn't a complete misfire, but it does leave you with the same baffled blankness that suffuses his isolated, techno-dependent characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 15, 2005
A bit too mannered to engage.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 15, 2005
Mourning and gloom weigh upon most of the characters in Michael Almereyda's convoluted and numbingly pretentious Happy Here and Now
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
December 15, 2005
This small masterpiece has been one of the best films around not to secure a proper theatrical release.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 14, 2005
Set in New Orleans, this collection of loosely connected set pieces was written and directed by Michael Almereyda, who is perhaps best known for his 2000 iteration of Hamlet.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
December 14, 2005
The dialogue is much like a bull session in a college dorm room, right before the munchies set in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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David Ng
Village Voice
December 13, 2005
When Amelia takes the full multimedia plunge in the movie's final moments, Happy becomes something inexplicably (and metaphysically) beautiful.
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
December 11, 2005
A rich kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that sing out in their vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Almereyda is tripped up by this grab at cosmic profundity, and lands in a sticky puddle of pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 27, 2003
To make an inexact analogy, 'Happy Here and Now' is to New Orleans as 'Mystery Train' was to Memphis...
| Original Score: 3/4
Jon Alon Walz
Boxoffice Magazine
April 27, 2003
While technically brilliant and gorgeous to watch, Happy Here and Now feels as unfocused and uneven as it is ambitious and intellectually frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
February 16, 2003
The film transcends what occasionally seems to be oddness for its own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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