Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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  1. Gives moviegoers a funny, observant, evanescent approach to the mysteries of human desire.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Stylish and only superficially superficial, Happily Ever After plunks us down with three male friends as they dance on the edge of their 40s.
  3. With husband and wife starring, you can't help but wonder which details here are autobiographical. No matter: This is obviously a deeply personal work for Attal, whose comic timing and passion can only serve him well both on screen and off.
  4. 80
    Happily Ever After is an exhilarating, joyous picture, but it's sometimes terrifying, too. It offers a vision of marriage as an adventure we embark on together, alone. If you didn't cry, you'd laugh.
  5. A marital comedy as perceptive as it is delectable.
  6. Nobody does adultery in movies with more style and zest than the French, especially when the mode is frivolous. And anyone who watches Happily Ever After can identify with the grass-is-always-greener daydreams that haunt its characters.
  7. The most important aspect of the stories about all five characters is the way they are told. Attal and his editor Jennifer Augé have found an attractive playful style: they never let the stories rest, almost juggling them, and keep them gamboling before us.
  8. If this strikes some as some kind of gallingly blasé, ostentatious Parisian sophistication, it's far from it.
  9. It's French. It's sexy. It's got a killer soundtrack.
  10. 63
    You need a scorecard to keep track of who's bedding whom in Happily Ever After, a tres French take on sex and love, in that order.
  11. Where My Wife was offbeat and original, Happily Ever After gets bogged down in midlife-crisis cliches.
  12. 60
    Manages to be a diverting and funny character study, at least most of the time.
  13. Attal's characters are one-note position statements, which forces the unsubtle soundtrack - mostly American pop songs that range from the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning" to Radiohead's "Creep" - to bear the brunt of clarifying their thoughts and feelings. Without it, you'd be entirely in the dark.
  14. 50
    On the whole, the film is a shallow, shrill, and all-too-familiar marital roundelay.
  15. 50
    Gainsbourg has some cute scenes with Johnny Depp, a debonair stranger she meets in a Virgin Megastore, but otherwise this is a fairly banal installment in the battle of the sexes.
  16. 50
    There's nothing much wrong with the film; my complaint is that there's nothing much right about it.
  17. 50
    This is an affair to forget.
  18. The movie is kind of a mess – all over the place tonally, hastily paced, and overly reliant on the ostensible truisms of romantic comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Repetitive and needlessly prolonged tale does build to an inspired final scene, but it's too little, too late.
  20. 40
    This look at the assorted struggles of modern hetero coupledom gives off a distinctly moldy aroma.
  21. Reviewed by: David Ng
    This would-be comedy about a thirtysomething family man (Attal) and his foray into infidelity is probably the worst in the putrid bushel of recent Gallic imports.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. jdoc
    May 12, 2006
    Far more serious than its surface suggests. Great acting, esp. from Gainsbourg.
  2. JD
    Aug 22, 2005
    As my own marraige flatlines, I found a challenge in this movie from characters who are willing - too willing, for the most part - to make As my own marraige flatlines, I found a challenge in this movie from characters who are willing - too willing, for the most part - to make literal and figurative messes in their lives. Passion can seem to be at odds with compassion, as in the married adulterer who is hurting two women at the same time, but the movie may be saying that they can only co-exist - without both, you end up with indifference. The sexy elevator rides that begin and end the movie clearly symbolize our erotic conundrums - the ride to the heights is always followed by the return trip down to the doldrums. Choose - a marriage of boring mutual tolerance and total acceptance versus the more challenging marital mess of the couples in this film. Full Review »