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January 14, 2007
Plays like an unravelling of the Eighties comedy hit Trading Places. Instead of a smart-Alec street hustler who turns the tables on his seemingly benign patrons, we have a smart saint who simply wants to join the club.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2007
The film unspools like a souped-up vanity project.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 14, 2007
It's not about happiness. It's about money. The film boasts of how many millions Gardner makes. Is he happy? You bet. It's like being forced to watch self-help videos, while Mr Motivator molests you.
| Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2007
One can detect almost the spirit of a public information film nagging the audience: look, people, the American Dream doesn't come for free.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2007
The on-screen chemistry between father and son is a winning formula - lifting the film from just another tear-jerker into a heartfelt and compelling slice of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/4
January 14, 2007
May have a slight TV movie vibe to it, but Gardner's story is so stirring and so incredible that it really doesn't matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2007
The screenwriting 101 plot points tick off like clockwork, but Will Smith delivers a solid, likable performance that will likely result in an Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 13, 2007
...ideology aside, "The Pursuit of Happyness" works as a film that celebrates people who toil for a better life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2007
Arguably the most depressing inspirational movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 13, 2007
That Will Smith is capable of this great performance should not be surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2007
An old-fashioned Hollywood heartwarmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2007
With a terrific central performance by Will Smith, this is a well made, sharply written and ultimately uplifting drama, but it really piles on the misery before you get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 11, 2007
Smith hits all the right notes - understated, engaging, inspirational - even if his young son threatens to charm him off the screen.
January 9, 2007
In the end the film feels like an average made-for-TV movie, if there were a cable channel for the sensitive man.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/4
January 6, 2007
Gardner's fight is everyman's fight... to remain true to his material objectives without sacrificing that which really matters to him-- his trusting little shadow.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 5, 2007
Directed by talented young Gabriele Muccino, the film benefits from his outsider's observations, and he is far too smart a filmmaker to let schmaltz creep into the tone.
January 4, 2007
An admirably unsentimental biopic with an excellent central performance, but it doesn't impact as strongly as it could.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 31, 2006
Smith's bottomless capacity for charm saves the movie from itself.
December 30, 2006
It's a good story that features a great cast, and while moviegoers will undoubtedly still show up in throngs during opening weekend, I can't help but feel that they'll be somewhat disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 30, 2006
This is Smith as you've never seen him -- an unsure, struggling, frustrated guy trying to hold together his family and failing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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