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Happy, Texas Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2009
Every bit as cheery as the title implies--but good will can only go so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 29, 2007
Steve Zahn shines in Illsley's feature debut, elevating this eccentric small-town comedy two notches above the level of writing. Using the fish out of water format, this Sundance premiere begins well but then declines rapidly.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
November 14, 2005
first-time filmmaker Illsley displays a surprisingly firm yet gentle hand with both his script and his enormously appealing cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 25, 2003
Odd couple buddy picture with Rom-Com elements that work. Zhan gives one of his most hysterical performances to date. Lighthearted, watchable, and fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The set-up is so strong that it's impressive to see it progress so effortlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Very, very, tears-rolling-down-your-face funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
...although it reverts to slapstick for its set-piece chase finale, for most of its length Mark Illsley's debut film offers an unexpectedly gentle, even sentimental comedy of sexual identities...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Bank-robbery/beauty-pageant caper is sweet, silly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
A charming fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, the modestly budgeted Happy, Texas more than makes up in heart what it lacks in splash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
...an irresistibly winsome and winning comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
It's a breath of fresh air to review a film that, having received an award from the Sundance Film Festival, actually deserves the accolade.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Jeremy Northam gives a deft performance and Steve Zahn is especially brilliant in delineating his character's transformation from illiterate lug to finicky choreographer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Happy, Texas is a hoot, a hilarious comedy that's smart and caring, yet sexy and ingenious enough that it just might stir up some of that elusive Full Monty-style box-office appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Almost everybody in this not-so-funny comedy is giddy and cuddlesome with a gosh-oh-gee enthusiasm that is at first engaging but quickly becomes a sign of a desperation to be liked.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
...a wellspring of sweet, effervescent humor that reminds us that comedies don't have to be all about fart jokes and bathroom humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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January 1, 2000
...if the world is not exactly aching from a lack of fish-out-of-water criminal capers, Happy, Texas nevertheless pleasingly proves that even a shtick we've seen before can charm when it's done well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
This is one of those comedies that doesn't pound us on the head with the obvious, but simply lets us share vast amusement.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Happy, Texas is a light, breezy and very amusing comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Cochrane
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Uneven in places but with a few choice hilarious moments, it is well worth the rental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Full of bumbling schemes, sexual deception and mistaken identities, the film occasionally lets some hambone moments creep in, but Zahn and the amazing Macy as the town's oddly secretive sheriff are the icing on this zany cake.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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