Happy, Texas


Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    A humble comic fable, puttering along with a sunny grin, a goofy sentimentality, and not much else.
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Thank heaven for William H. Macy, whose portrayal of Happy's sheriff strikes the only honest note in a film that earns its laughs the cheap way.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    I can't imagine anyone not feeling entertained by Happy, Texas.
  4. If we had a story we could believe, we'd be in stitches.
  5. 50
    Its charm and humor will be overshadowed for some by the exploitation of gay stereotypes--which is ironic, since their arch usage ultimately allows the movie to be progressive, if only slightly.
  6. 75
    This is one of those comedies that doesn't pound us on the head with the obvious, but simply lets us share vast amusement.
  7. Don't expect a lot, and you'll probably enjoy Happy, Texas, as I did -- mostly. At the very least, Steve Zahn will make you laugh.
  8. Screwball mistaken-identity crapfest...it's just utterly plain, a confection so bland you don't even care that it doesn't really make any sense at the end.
  9. A comedy of '90s sexual inclusiveness as effervescent as a cold sody pop -- and about as intoxicating.
  10. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Sweet and hilarious, a classic crowd-pleaser which elevates rather than eviscerates the homespun eccentrics who make up its cast of characters.
  11. 60
    What makes the film ultimately successful, though, is the outstanding comic talents that inhabit it, especially Zahn and Macy.
  12. 70
    A very cynical exploitation of the current Hollywood vogue for things queer. Still, the film is a must-see.
  13. A hoot, a hilarious comedy that's smart and caring, yet sexy and ingenious enough that it just might stir up some of that elusive "Full Monty"-style box-office appeal.
  14. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    All the right elements for a rollicking farce, except one: The movie isn't funny.
  15. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    Zahn's dazed and confused, droopy-mustached dude steals every scene he's in...a movie that will make you smile and put a lump in your throat.
  16. The performances are first-rate, with the always inventive Macy a standout as the hopeful, tormented Chappy, and Zahn a scream as the lovably imbecilic Wayne.
  17. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    It's a funny and occasionally poignant movie.
  18. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    Illsley's fine cast, with a riotous contribution from William H. Macy as the sheriff who falls for Harry, plays out the comedy without condescension.
  19. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Keeps the laughs coming, and a dynamo named Steve Zahn is the cheif reason why. It's a one-joke movie, but the cast knows how to sell it.
  20. So full of winning performances and so disarmingly uncynical in its affection for its characters, it manages to leave you with a Texas-size grin on your face anyway.
  21. Anybody with a soft spot for fakers, who either identifies with them or just admires their chutzpah, is going to get a kick out of Happy, Texas.
  22. It's soft-edged fun that loses direction (or, given the scattershot plot, directions).
  23. A fresh, well-written comedy that doesn't lag, casts its actors against type and has a real love for its characters.
  24. So soft-hearted it wouldn't hurt a fly.
  25. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    An easy charm, a cleverly unforced sense of humor and a benignity toward all its genially oddball characters. If moviegoers skip this one, they'll be missing a real treat.
  26. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Bill McLochlin
    Zahn, however, is definitely the star of the film, with his quirky portrayal of Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. getting all of the laughs, and none of the credit.
  27. 60
    A wonderful premise that delivers solid laughs and has a heart as big as the state in which this farce unfolds.
  28. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Neither the actors nor their characters engender much affection.
  29. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Steve Zahn shines throughout Mark Illsley's feature debut, Happy, Texas, elevating this eccentric small-town comedy a notch or two above its level of writing.
  30. 30
    Sputters to a dead halt right out of the gate. One labored scenario follows another.
  31. 70
    Along with a lot of 10-gallon laughs, Happy, Texas rustles up plenty of goodwill for its larcenous, sexually ambiguous leading men.

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