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  • Summary: A series of intertwining love stories, stories of connections missed and made between people, how people always struggle to make a connection, and to what degree they succeed or don't. (Good Machine Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
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  1. 100
    It is not a film for most people. It is certainly for adults only. But it shows Todd Solondz as a filmmaker who deserves attention, who hears the unhappiness in the air and seeks its sources.
  2. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    100
    Take the safety off of the comedy Magnum called Happiness and put the barrel in your mouth. You'll laugh your ass off as it takes off the back of your head...It could be the best film of the year. At the very least, I'll never forget it.
  3. 100
    Weaving many interconnected plot lines and more than a dozen lives together, this gifted writer-director has fashioned a bleak, brilliant comedy about loneliness, lovelessness, and alienation--a film that constantly upends our assumptions about what is heartbreaking, what is hilarious, and what is both.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    One of the most challenging movies in years.
  5. 80
    If Hollywood were truly devoted to telling it like it is, Baker would win a special Oscar. To add to the creepiness, Solondz is (as he made clear in Dollhouse) an extremely sensitive director of kids.
  6. The aftertaste of that father-son scene is so strong, so disturbing, that the riches of Happiness -- its writing, its performances, its trenchant wit -- all seem a bit diminished in the bargain.
  7. Solondz's filmmaking style tries to make a virtue out of flatness and distance, and is always more comfortable indicating where feelings would go than actually providing them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Jared
    Mar 11, 2006
    10
    An absurdist comedy who's concequences are all too real. Each character bleeds emotion, yet we find ourselves compelled to laugh at An absurdist comedy who's concequences are all too real. Each character bleeds emotion, yet we find ourselves compelled to laugh at their comically tragic situations. It satirizes everything yet remains incredibly poignant. All in all it is a starkly human movie, with the depravity we so often enjoy, yet so often regret. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    Truly one of the finest independent American films I have ever seen. A deserved masterpiece. It may be difficult for the modern-day world toTruly one of the finest independent American films I have ever seen. A deserved masterpiece. It may be difficult for the modern-day world to watch but it's also equally as necessary. Having seen it now both originally at theatres and now recently on video, my only qualm is that now it seems to be edited somewhat. I hope in future the original version can be seen. Expand
  3. JoshC
    Nov 20, 2006
    10
    Masterfull! Todd Solondz for president.
  4. JayH.
    Apr 2, 2008
    6
    Interesting story and a terrific ensemble of actors. I didn't see the need for it to be quite so long, but it sure has some great scenes Interesting story and a terrific ensemble of actors. I didn't see the need for it to be quite so long, but it sure has some great scenes along the way. Well written and directed. Not for all tastes and a bit overrated. Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2014
    4
    Off the charts ridiculous. Happiness manages to be disturbing and kind of funny at the same time. The movie is too long and the characters areOff the charts ridiculous. Happiness manages to be disturbing and kind of funny at the same time. The movie is too long and the characters are reprehensible, with scenes that were repulsive. I guess it will be a movie to remember but in more bad ways than good. Expand
  6. SteveM.
    Apr 6, 2008
    4
    I had this built up by countless friends. It was so incredibly drawn out. The only story that kept my interest was the psychiatrist. Rarely I had this built up by countless friends. It was so incredibly drawn out. The only story that kept my interest was the psychiatrist. Rarely made me laugh; more often made me sleepy. BIG let down. Expand
  7. Feb 27, 2012
    0
    Supposedly absurdist and very clever, but to me just seemed a monotonous, overly-lengthy, sordid mess with pointlessly dysfunctional 2DSupposedly absurdist and very clever, but to me just seemed a monotonous, overly-lengthy, sordid mess with pointlessly dysfunctional 2D characters. Wantonly repulsive and depressing: a black comedy without the comedy. Abysmal. Expand

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