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  • Summary: Happy New Year is not a documentary. It is a narrative feature inspired by the real lives and experiences of those brave men and women who served their country and have since returned in desperate need of our help. [K. Manning]
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 11, 2012
    75
    Happy New Year provides a rare glimpse into the darker ramifications of war that rarely take center stage in the national dialogue. This struggle has nothing to do with political motives or tactical movements, but rather the battle to retain sanity against impossible odds.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 4, 2012
    50
    Sincere performances and well-intentioned scripting should help it with vets eager to see their stories told on-screen, but the film's dreary, secondhand feel is hard to overcome.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Dec 7, 2012
    50
    A dully directed movie that sends a message but lacks oomph.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Dec 4, 2012
    40
    So trite that it's unwittingly insensitive.