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The Happy Poet Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
January 29, 2014
A cutting edge social satire about vegetarian pushcart power. And how work, or the lack of it, informs our lives. Along with the struggle to survive in hard times, while serving up poetic revenge subversion of the Hollywood happy ending with relish.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2013
[Paul Gordon generates] good-natured humor through earthy characterization and precise observation of what it's like to run a small business. (His editing, which often approximates the rhythm of workaday drudgery, is clever without being cutesy.)
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
June 28, 2013
THE HAPPY POET tells a story that could use a little more meat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
It's hardly slick, but that's the selling point. The Happy Poet approaches the ups and downs of friendship, love, work and life with a disposition that is both sardonic and sunny.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 6, 2013
A laid-back green entrepreneur capitalizes on patience and perseverance in his quest to operate a successful organic food cart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 29, 2013
If you can swallow the contrived ending, the main course is completely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
March 24, 2013
A male variation on Lena Dunham, a meandering, Mumblecore meditation on relationships by a guy with a masters degree and a meatless food stand.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 23, 2013
Sincerely tells about an underdog geek trying to survive in a world ruled by capitalists.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
September 26, 2010
A diffident, occasionally sly comedy that could have benefitted from a little more energy and range.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
September 19, 2010
This mumblecore entry sometimes sacrifices ambiguity for the sake of broader, telegraphed, one-note laughs.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
September 17, 2010
The smiley ending, most likely meant to be ironic, feels tacked on. But the consistent comic tone of those earlier scenes--a gentle squirm--makes The Happy Poet a promising debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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