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The Pursuit of Happyness Reviews

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April 25, 2017
can I try this movie?
½ April 23, 2017
The Pursuit of Happyness may be predictable, but Will Smith's performance makes it a reasonably affecting and heartfelt drama.
April 21, 2017
Not the best movie I have seen
½ March 18, 2017
It loses it's pace in the middle, but makes up for it in the end. Very emotional film. Bound to make you cry.
March 3, 2017
Tearjerker... not for me though!
February 11, 2017
This movie is spectacular. I don't understand why this movie has such a low rating. The performances, plot and emotions are all amazing. This movie deserves a lot better. It's uplifting and pretty dang entertaining too.
February 6, 2017
It's good movie to watch
½ February 2, 2017
What sells this movie is the acting by Will & Jaden Smith.
½ October 27, 2016
Occasionally melodramamatic but mostly emotionally wrenching, the heartfelt performances of real life father and son, Will and Jaden Smith make The Pursuit of Happyness one of the greatest films based off of a true story ever made.
October 19, 2016
Five stars hands down! One of the greatest movies ever!
½ September 25, 2016
You will be inspired, if only to attempt to do a rubic cube one more time, but it is inspiring how this true life event unfolded. Played with heart by Smith and son.
August 13, 2016
It's wonderful... u will surely love the character role played by both the smiths......
August 5, 2016
A bit boring but goid
½ July 27, 2016
It was heart felt and good
½ July 10, 2016
Not even Will Smith's acting ability can save "The Pursuit of Happyness" from plainness and some pretty ridiculous plot points.
½ July 9, 2016
Will Smith pours his heart and soul as Chris Gardner in "The Pursuit of Happyness", an inspiring - albeit emotionally exhausting - true story of a man who became a millionaire from nothing. While I don't think this is a bad film, I found it quite exhausting to watch. The Smiths' performances are quite remarkable, but the journey leading up to his success is really painful to watch. It's a good film in its own way, but it is not a film I would watch over and over again.
June 5, 2016
It's a good movie, but it wasn't very enjoyable. There's so much rejection, sadness, and struggle that even after the the redemption, you still feel a little low.
½ June 2, 2016
Will Smith's heartfelt performance, The swift cinematography, and the films light-hearted message saves The Pursuit Of Happiness from old school melodrama
½ May 31, 2016
The Pursuit of Happyness, based on a true story, has a realistically ongoing story but its stellar performances make the film what it is. Smith's performance is unlike anything he has done prior to this, and his character is a likable, surreal one.
Chris Gardner tries to take care of his five year old son Christopher but struggles with financial issues, making a living off of selling bone density scales. He hopes to become a successful stock broker and trains in an competetive internship whilst balancing a consistently worsening homelessness. It's literally a rags to riches story.
The Pursuit of Happyness is honestly too heartfelt and surreal to dislike. The performances are outstanding, especially from Will Smith. His performances are often varied depending on the film but he delivers well in his role here and is a likable hard working protagonist. Smith can balance anger, sadness, and a lot of optimism very well and realistically. This was also the film debut of Smith's son Jaden, who as a kid is very cute and obviously has great chemistry with his father. As his film career goes on, however, we know how things can really change for him. The Pursuit of Happyness' story is uplifting and compelling, but at times is a little repetitive and predictable, too - there's tons of scenes where Chris loses a scale or it gets stolen and he is sidetracked because of it. Sometimes the plot is conflicted on striving towards Chris' broker goals or his spiraling homelessness. It balances it okay, but it's a little conflicted. The uplifting spirit of The Pursuit of Happyness and its great performances make it one of Will Smith's finest performances and films, and is definitely a great modern biopic drama.
May 17, 2016
Chris Gardner (Smith) is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them. (Sony)
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