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  • Summary: A literate and often funny story of love and how to receive it. Set in present day New York, this is the dramatic and emotional story of a gifted writer and the two people who come the understand him best - his best friend who idolizes his talent, and the woman who come to love him. (DavisA literate and often funny story of love and how to receive it. Set in present day New York, this is the dramatic and emotional story of a gifted writer and the two people who come the understand him best - his best friend who idolizes his talent, and the woman who come to love him. (Davis Entertainment Filmworks) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Terrific performances by Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Stoltz and Caroleen Feeney infuse this well-written comic drama with a realistic ease.
  2. 70
    Director Mike Bencivenga takes what could so easily have been a trite, cliche-riddled melodrama and instead, somehow turns it into...well, a wry and moving melodrama.
  3. 70
    Shot on location in Manhattan, the film is steeped in understated New York City ambiance and discreetly tinted by Jeffrey M. Taylor's subtle score.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Fortunately bypassing a re-run of "Days of Wine and Roses" but finding little inspiration to freshen an old concept, this tragedy about a lover and a friend helplessly watching the writer's fade-out comes up short of its potential impact.
  5. 50
    LaPaglia is a fine actor, but not even he can redeem such bathos.
  6. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    40
    LaPaglia, Feeney and Stoltz soldier bravely through an uninspired, airless script.
  7. Throughout Happy Hour, observations that mean next to nothing are presented as nuggets of profound enlightenment.

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