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  • Summary: When Bill, the title character, secures a very small loan to start his dream business--a health food stand--his struggles as an idealistic micro-business owner begin.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 26, 2013
    70
    Off-handed and yet quite artfully observed, The Happy Poet's winsome deadpan offsets its skewering of class and sustainability issues, right through to a tricky ending that, like Bill himself, may not be what it seems.
  2. 50
    The consistent comic tone of those earlier scenes - a gentle squirm - makes The Happy Poet a promising debut.
  3. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Mar 18, 2013
    50
    Like its sad-sack main character, whose closed-off personality makes him hard to fully understand or sympathize with, The Happy Poet is too reservedly rough around the edges.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 26, 2013
    40
    Both subscribes to and somewhat departs from the bare-bones improvisational formula established by the mumblecore movement, sometimes sacrificing ambiguity for the sake of broader, telegraphed, one-note laughs.

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