Happy Endings

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31

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  1. 38
    Roos suffers from fallen archness in his interminable new movie Happy Endings. He wants to be mischievous and ambitious and "human," all at the same time. He ends up with delusions of tragicomic grandeur that leave an audience fed up and dissatisfied.
  2. 30
    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. In a more self-effacing director's commentary, he might have asked us, at least, to forgive the pun.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. SeanJ.
    Dec 11, 2006
    4
    Casting Maggie Gyllenhaal as a calculating young skank didn't ring true - she's too old for the role, cavorting around with young Casting Maggie Gyllenhaal as a calculating young skank didn't ring true - she's too old for the role, cavorting around with young 20-somethings. Her singing performance at the end as a sort of character redemption (typical Hollywood Happy Ending!) made me want to slap the screenwriter/director. Kudrow's character was irritating and unrealistic, except the actress letting her age/wrinkles show through (minimal Botox - wow). Her meltdown at the beginning/ending made you feel cheated, like "oh come on heifer! Will you get a grip". The two son's featured in the film were zero-dimensional. Full Review »
  2. RobertC.
    Jul 7, 2006
    8
    Got off to a slow start and I almost gave up on it, but the quirky characters and raw emotions won me over. Lisa Kudrow was very good. Maggie Got off to a slow start and I almost gave up on it, but the quirky characters and raw emotions won me over. Lisa Kudrow was very good. Maggie Gyllenhaal was amazing as usual and I really enjoyed her version of "Don't go Changin'" at the end. I found the occasinal split screen narrative distracting, but it was a wothwhile movie experience for me. Full Review »
  3. AmurabiM.
    Jun 26, 2006
    7
    "This is a comedy. Sort of" says one of the multiple title cards, displayed in this film. The title cards can work as a distraction, right, "This is a comedy. Sort of" says one of the multiple title cards, displayed in this film. The title cards can work as a distraction, right, but also can show a lack of talent of Roos direction. Yes, his script is witty, smart and talented, with a great mix of tragedy and comedy (that´s the reason which that title card proves that, at least, this film is earnest) but you have to read those, to believe and find a justification fot the acts of the characters . With terrific performances (Maggie Gyllenhaal is a goddess from the contemporary american cinema) and superb storylines (that looks realistic, plausible and believable), "Happy Endings" could be a masterpiece if something must have not been forget: passion. Full Review »