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The Pursuit of Happyness Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
April 25, 2011
The Pursuit of Happyness is a very Hollywood film, which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. It tries very hard to be profound and inspirational, but ultimately it's not up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Smith turns in a career-capping performance, and director Gabriele Muccino ingeniously turns the material inward, cautioning us all to be grateful for what we have, for we're closer to the edge than we think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Will Smith is getting all the awards buzz, but it's his real-life son, Jaden, who transcends all expectations in Happyness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 6, 2008
Even the glossiest of surfaces can't extinguish the genuine emotions running beneath them here.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Few films so convincingly portray the titanic struggle that some people face day in and day out just to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 10, 2007
Hokey title, but sometimes movie is good.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
February 19, 2007
Will Smith gives the performance of his career in a movie for which phrases like "heart-warming" and "life-affirming" were made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 3, 2007
Sem jamais tratar o papel como uma simples oportunidade de mostrar seu alcance dramático, Will Smith comove justamente por demonstrar o esforço de seu personagem para se conter em momentos de grande emoção.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2007
You may come out rebuking yourself for your laziness or your choices or your fatalism or your fears, but you will come out glad you saw this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 17, 2007
We may wonder if happiness can be bought this way, and whether the film being sold to us isn't a slightly suspect package, but Smith, sublime and moving, sells it regardless.
January 14, 2007
Bonding convincingly (as you might expect) with his own son on screen, Smith delivers his most compelling performance since Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Arendt
January 14, 2007
Deserves kudos for avoiding saccharine sentiment, but its relentless emphasis on money as the cure for all ills is depressing. They might as well have called it The Pursuit of Richyness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Johnny Vaughan
The Sun (UK)
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
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
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
Uri Lessing
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 13, 2007
Arguably the most depressing inspirational movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
January 13, 2007
That Will Smith is capable of this great performance should not be surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 12, 2007
An old-fashioned Hollywood heartwarmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
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
Top Critic
Mark Salisbury
Time Out
January 11, 2007
Smith hits all the right notes - understated, engaging, inspirational - even if his young son threatens to charm him off the screen.
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