Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. The acting's not the problem, and it's a nice thing to find Moore playing a human-scaled human being, with a recognizable human touch. The material has a hint of it too. But only a hint.
  2. Simply weird. The funny has gone missing.
  3. Mr. Lichtenstein seems to want your tears. Nothing wrong there. The problem is that, because he never settles persuasively into one groove -- you don’t believe the tears or the smiles or anything in between -- he can’t begin to approach the complex contradictions suggested by his movie’s title.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    A contradictory creature, both insightful and dumb, sometimes innovative and sometimes just plain inept. Dreamy, funny but also weirdly disjointed, it’s as if the very film itself were stoned, just like its two pot-smoking sister protags.
  5. Take the worst things about independent movies - the wallowing in an unpleasantness, the narrative unsteadiness, the next-to-no story. Then combine those with a hefty dose of light comedy. The result: the big, fat tonal mess that is Happy Tears, a charmless film about two sisters who come together to care for their demented father.
  6. 25
    A vulgar, happy-as-cancer aberration that takes the dysfunctional family idea to a new low. Whimsical, yes. Happy, never.
  7. A cringe-inducing, self-consciously kooky indie comedy that's best enjoyed for its taste of Rip Torn.
  8. 20
    This film will make you cry tears. They won’t be happy ones.
  9. Continuing both his bad filmmaking and obsession with lethal orifices, Mitchell Lichtenstein follows up "Teeth," his clumsy debut about a dismembering vagina, with a voluminous explosion of poop.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 19, 2010
    Sukses dengan thriller Teeth (2007) yang sempat menjadi bahan perbincangan di banyak festival film, sutradara sekaligus penulis naskah Mitchell Lichtenstein kembali hadir dengan karya terbarunya, Happy Tears. Berbeda dengan jauh dengan film yang menjadi debut penyutradaraannya tersebut, Happy Tears merupakan sebuah film black comedy yang menceritakan mengenai kehidupan dua orang wanita bersaudara dalam merawat ayah mereka yang telah berusia lanjut.

    Walau saling menyayangi satu sama lain, Jayne (Parker Posey) adalah wanita yang sangat bertolak belakang dengan sang kakak, Laura (Demi Moore). Setelah menikah dengan Jackson (Christian Camargo), seorang anak pelukis terkenal, ia tinggal di San Fransisco dalam kehidupan ekonomi yang cukup berada. Walau begitu, kehidupan Jayne tidaklah sempurna. Obsesinya untuk memiliki anak dari Jackson hingga saat ini masih belum terwujud, sementara sang suami sepertinya terus tenggelam dalam obsesinya untuk meneruskan masa kejayaan sang ayah sebagai seorang pelukis.

    Di sisi lain, Laura adalah wanita sederhana yang tinggal dengan sang suami â
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  2. TimV.
    Mar 2, 2010
    It is pretty much just another Parker Posey style of a film with the predictable quirkiness and off the wall random daydream sequences, however I am a sucker for anything that involves Parker Posey and really liked this movie. Full Review »