Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. Anderson is a hopeless romantic in a cynical world, and for a brief moment he makes the case that true love is the only power that can crack time and space.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    Best of all, and unusual for a screenwriter, Anderson handles the science consistently (maybe even scientifically).
  3. 80
    Looks drab and doesn't take very good advantage of its New York locations, but the neurotic intensity and emotional honesty of its two leads more than make up for it.
  4. Fresh and flip and enjoyable, it's a sci-fi-tinged romantic comedy that I urge you to seek out.
  5. 75
    "Happy Accidents" should retire Tomei's status as part of a show-biz urban legend and establish her once and for all as one of our most versatile and engaging performers.
  6. 75
    Essentially silliness crossed with science fiction. The actors make it fun to watch.
  7. Reviewed by: Joan Anderman
    75
    D'Onofrio's affably wide-eyed weirdness generates not only pleasure, but a genuinely authentic conundrum, bouncing forward and backward toward the truth.
  8. The actors have enough appeal to keep it moving over the speed bumps.
  9. Happy Accidents is romantic perversity in reverse.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    A lighthearted yarn designed to stand out by virtue of its intricate structure and trippy time-travel element. But the fanciful material wears thin pretty quickly, the air leaking out of the balloon long before party's over.
  11. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    70
    This sweet, lovingly passionate story is nonetheless a charmer. Anderson's technique -- jaggy, product-testimonial close-ups; eerie still-image insertions -- is arresting, but this is an actors' showcase.
  12. 67
    Gleefully silly fun, with a few core concepts on the nature of time, space, and la-la-la-love thrown in for good measure. And who can resist a puffin, anyway?
  13. Doesn't have the negative qualities of many big-studio romantic comedies, but it doesn't quite take flight.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    60
    The leads smooth over the plot holes endemic to all 4D fables, making the movie more than mere déjà vu.
  15. 50
    This is an overlong film interesting chiefly for its performances.
  16. D'Onofrio is a natural for the role of a romantic who just may be a freak. A highly physical actor, he ranges between sweetly awkward and a candidate for the kind of mental hospital shown in "Session 9."
  17. Reviewed by: Megan Rosenfeld
    50
    The actors make a good team in this film, and they're playing well-defined characters, but the script is so repetitive that we get mighty impatient for the mystery to be resolved.
  18. 50
    If you're willing to suspend a barrel or two of disbelief, then Happy Accidents has its moments.
  19. As impressive as it is in the abstract, all the detail ultimately drags the movie down and lengthens it unnecessarily.
  20. 50
    Put in such an uncomfortable position, the audience needs something to fall back on, like chemistry between its stars. Here that's half-hearted at best.
  21. 42
    All guts, no glory and, worse, bad story.
  22. 20
    It's a warped kind of romantic comedy in which the whole is substantially less than the sum of the parts.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 14, 2015
    4
    A slow burner of a movie which at some points the flame is all but extinguished.

    The story certainly opens avenues which could have, should
    A slow burner of a movie which at some points the flame is all but extinguished.

    The story certainly opens avenues which could have, should be been more visually enhanced along with the pace and character relations.

    I so wanted to watch this after waiting 15 years to see it and compose a great review but alas....

    Ultimately i wish I could back travel 15 years, watch this on VHS before the dawning of online review sites and save myself 5 minutes I will never get back.

    Not worth watching in my opinion unless there really is nothing else to watch.
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  2. Jun 1, 2014
    8
    Unexpected and beautiful. It plays like a mobius strip but without all the usual **** that comes with a time based plot. Glad I came acrossUnexpected and beautiful. It plays like a mobius strip but without all the usual **** that comes with a time based plot. Glad I came across this and would highly recommend it. It's unique and genuine. well-acted and without pretense. similar in feel to about time, which is another suberp time based romantic. Full Review »
  3. Jenn
    Jul 9, 2007
    10
    I enjoyed the middle of the movie the most dreading the moment when something would ruin it for me and I'd end up hating the movie, but I enjoyed the middle of the movie the most dreading the moment when something would ruin it for me and I'd end up hating the movie, but that never happened. for now, this is my favorite movie, i cant get sick of watching this. don't expect sex, drugs or violence. just cuteness. you have to watch it a few times to catch everything. like who the "father" on the phone really is, etc. Full Review »