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Happy Times Reviews

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August 9, 2002
To me, it sounds like a cruel deception carried out by men of marginal intelligence, with reactionary ideas about women and a total lack of empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 10, 2003
..it pulls all the heart strings it can in a shameless attempt to get real emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 23, 2002
That Zhang would make such a strainingly cute film -- with a blind orphan at its center, no less -- indicates where his ambitions have wandered.
October 24, 2003
Jie Dong, who makes her film debut as the blind and unwanted Little Wu, is thin, tough and heartbreakingly lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 23, 2002
A mawkish, implausible platonic romance that makes Chaplin's City Lights seem dispassionate by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 46/100
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
November 20, 2002
Even legends like Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston occasionally directed trifles... so it's no surprise to see a world-class filmmaker like Zhang Yimou behind the camera for a yarn that's ultimately rather inconsequential.
| Original Score: 2/4
June 5, 2003
The basic premise is intriguing but quickly becomes distasteful and downright creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 61/100
July 24, 2002
The talky script leaves it to Benshan to carry the movie, but he just isn't a strong enough actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 1, 2002
Busy urban comedy is clearly not Zhang's forte, his directorial touch is neither light nor magical enough to bring off this kind of whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 9, 2002
The film's maudlin focus on the young woman's infirmity and her naive dreams play like the worst kind of Hollywood heart-string plucking.
August 12, 2002
Aspires for the piquant but only really achieves a sort of ridiculous sourness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 16, 2002
There is so much plodding sensitivity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 20, 2002
This sort of cute and cloying material is far from Zhang's forte and it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2002
The performances are winning all around. And the comic, slice-of-life feel is charming, but takes a hike as the film progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 20, 2002
Well-meaning but unpalatable mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 9, 2002
With an expressive face reminiscent of Gong Li and a vivid personality like Zhang Ziyi's, Dong stakes out the emotional heart of Happy.
August 2, 2002
The warm presence of Zhao Benshan makes the preposterous lying hero into something more than he reasonably should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2002
This humbling little film, fueled by the light comedic work of Zhao Benshan and the delicate ways of Dong Jie, is just the sort for those moviegoers who complain that 'they don't make movies like they used to anymore.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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