'Happy Endings' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   115 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    90
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Trouble is, every character in Roos' universe plays at having problems in a homo-hetero-Angeleno world but lacks substance, each little more than a composite of quirks and one-liners.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    The writer and director Don Roos's slyly subversive ensemble piece is a drama disguised as a wisp of a comedy.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Happy Endings, its interwoven stories exploring the consequences of sex and the ramifications of procreation, is mildly thought-provoking without using heavy-handed commentary.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Complicated? Yes. Potentially heavy? Sure. But it's also highly engrossing and, in a dark way, ultimately rather sweet.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    What's so splendid about Happy Endings is the very fact that it fits into no genre whatsoever and at no time while watching it can you say, oh, probably this is going to happen.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    As tidily and 'happily' as this movie winds up, it seems like a draft for a project Roos is still working out.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Ben Kenigsberg Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Roos forecasts and explains every development with a title card, a device not unlike having someone yammering in your ear throughout the entire feature run time.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    Roos' stories eventually overlap in a tangle of pat fairy-tale endings, after which he treats his characters to the sort of wrap party given to the casts of a beloved TV series that has just finished its last episode.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
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  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    Mr. Roos obviously enjoys directing actors and knows how to relate to them. But Happy Endings suggests he needs a stronger touch when it comes to his own self-indulgence as writer and director.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Heartfelt but dark comedy.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    Happy Endings maintains a certain level of intrigue, and occasionally bursts into life.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Roos does an admirable job balancing the tragedy and comedy.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    It's a challenge to keep up with the multiple character studies and story lines, which are braided, tangled and teased. But the performances are exceptional.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Disjointed indie comic drama.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    You get the feeling a script is a bit beyond itself when words constantly appear on the screen explaining biographies, plot twists and such, and Roos depends on a constant parade of such explanations in Happy Endings.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Intriguing but overlong and indulgent, the work of a writer too in love with his characters.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Serves as a relaunching pad for the magical talents of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    The narrative sprawls without achieving depth and carries the additional burden of featuring only two or three interesting characters out of 10 candidates.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    It's hard to dislike Don Roos' Magnolia-inspired triptych of interconnected comic tales about lies, sex and video.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    Roos's movie is so aggressively pleased with itself it leaves you feeling it doesn't even need an audience.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    [It] feels like Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia for adolescents.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Happy Endings is the kind of self-conscious puzzle picture in which characters behave in ways that serve the plot but in no way resemble things that actual human beings would be likely to do.
    Full Review » 9 years ago