Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 75
    Essentially silliness crossed with science fiction. The actors make it fun to watch.
  2. 50
    This is an overlong film interesting chiefly for its performances.
  3. As impressive as it is in the abstract, all the detail ultimately drags the movie down and lengthens it unnecessarily.
  4. Fresh and flip and enjoyable, it's a sci-fi-tinged romantic comedy that I urge you to seek out.
  5. 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?
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  7. Happy Accidents is romantic perversity in reverse.
  8. Doesn't have the negative qualities of many big-studio romantic comedies, but it doesn't quite take flight.
  9. 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.
  10. 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."
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 42
    All guts, no glory and, worse, bad story.
  15. The actors have enough appeal to keep it moving over the speed bumps.
  16. 20
    It's a warped kind of romantic comedy in which the whole is substantially less than the sum of the parts.
  17. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    The leads smooth over the plot holes endemic to all 4D fables, making the movie more than mere déjà vu.
  18. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    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.
  19. 50
    If you're willing to suspend a barrel or two of disbelief, then Happy Accidents has its moments.
  20. Reviewed by: Joan Anderman
    D'Onofrio's affably wide-eyed weirdness generates not only pleasure, but a genuinely authentic conundrum, bouncing forward and backward toward the truth.
  21. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Best of all, and unusual for a screenwriter, Anderson handles the science consistently (maybe even scientifically).
  22. Reviewed by: Megan Rosenfeld
    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.

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