Happy Together


Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Loose, buoyant and bracingly original.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Maverick director Wong Kar-wai manages to pour old wine into new jars with Happy Together, a fizzy chamber yarn about two gay Hong Kongers in Argentina that's as slim as a bamboo flute but is his most linear and mature work for some time.
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    The result is a take-no-prisoners movie from one of Hong Kong's most idiosyncratic, shoot-from-the-hip filmmakers that's the very antithesis of sentimental gay love stories. [31 Oct 1997]
  4. Thanks largely to the raw bravery and intensity of the two leads' performances, Happy Together takes a quantum leap forward in terms of visceral power.
  5. Happy Together is Wong's most fully realized work. It is a pleasure to watch an interesting mind feel his way, and the result is something more than just a passing fancy.
  6. Stylistically brash, pulsing with life.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    [A] sexy, spiky love story.
  8. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Wong returns once more to what he seems to know best - the visual poetry of the urban Asian night, a world of characters on the move, coming and going, never really getting anywhere. [5 Dec 1997]
  9. 75
    Style oozing from virtually every frame.
  10. Structurally and dramatically this is all over the place, but stylistically it's gripping, and thematically it suggests an oblique response to the end of Hong Kong's colonial rule.
  11. The vignettes don't add up to a story, but Wong's nervy brio and subterranean-fantasy style make for an arresting work about an exotic subculture.
  12. Village Voice
    Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Acerbic, moody, and provocatively slight, it's a movie of apparent non sequiturs and privileged moments. [21 Oct 1997]
  13. Wong Kar-Wai, whose energetic and inventive style isn't enough to give the shallow story the substance and resonance it needs.
  14. 50
    Happy Together feels joylessly fussed over.
  15. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    In the absence of any genuine emotional wallop, it is the directorial pizzazz that pulls you through. Just about.
  16. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    An abundance of style and an almost total lack of substance make Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together a visually arresting but ultimately unrewarding excursion. [31 Oct 1997]

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