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  • Summary: A family is aghast when guests at their peaceful mountain inn keep dying. To keep bad word of mouth from spreading, they chop up and bury the guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. The biggest surprise for Miike fans and musical lovers alike is that for all the black humor of this deliriously bizarre fantasy "Happiness" is a warmhearted film about sacrifice, support and four generations of family togetherness.
  2. 80
    A joyously demented musical-comedy built on a macabre foundation, like "The Sound Of Music" with a kickline of corpses.
  3. Reviewed by: Adrian Martin
    80
    A camp musical-comedy hoot. It comes on like an outrageous episode of "The Simpsons" or "South Park."
  4. Though the result is a distant, hyperstylized exaggeration of form and movement, the film itself turns repetitive and exhaustive.
  5. Occasionally, this film is funny and cute. When the family's little girl narrates, it reaches a level of humor that is ironic and endearing.
  6. 50
    It's all very zany. Occasionally it is even madcap. You would almost be tempted to smile at times, albeit weakly, if it weren't for Mr. Miike's habit of pounding home every joke with exaggerated reaction shots.
  7. Long-winded and ultimately uninvolving.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4