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  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The best that can be said of this charmless animated picture is that whether or not it ends happily -- an outcome you're unlikely to give a hoot about -- it does, happily, end. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Who would have thought an animated comedy satirizing the predictable nature of fairy tales could be so grim? show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    N'ever was an apostrophe so misplaced, n'ever was the prospect of good cheer so perversely defeated. show more

  • 25
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Happily N'Ever After carjacks "Cinderella" and puts her wicked stepmother behind the wheel. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While the cast members, Dick and Prinze in particular, have fun with Robert Moreland's sassy script, the exaggerated, unappealing animation seems to belong to another movie altogether. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Happily was begun as an old-fashioned 2-D "flat" cartoon and then switched by producer John Williams (of "Shrek") and director Paul J. Bolger to 3-D during production. The style finally is an uncomfortable amalgam of both. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    In all, it's a peculiar mishmash, simultaneously bland and suggestive. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This movie is the worst kind of offender: it thinks its funny and clever, but it is neither. The filmmakers have mistaken banality for wit and silliness for humor, and that doesn't begin to address how visually clunky this motion picture is. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    After the first hour or so of strained puns and wisecracks, you start feeling that the sooner the ending comes, the happier it will be. show more

  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    An ugly, unfunny, headache-inducing fairy-tale spoof. show more

  • May 22, 2008 ngambone9
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    it was so dumb i even fell asleep during trailers

  • May 22, 2008 ehmseagles
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    As a proud mother, I was forced to put myself in front of our flat screen and feast my eyes on this sickening movie! Even my daughter hated it! I cannot belive movie creaters even allowed this to hit the big screen! Why did this give me a bad taste in my mouth?? Why were these cheesy lines even read?? In one of the first scenes the magician's assistant Monk ( I think it was Monk ) was talking about his pal Mambo saying, " Monk's the one who says the glass is half-full, but Mambo's the one who probably peed in the glass." I mean maybe that's funny to pre-schoolers but not to older children and adults. As we were exploring the Main Menu we found an alternate ending, hoping that if we played it, it would be better than the whole movie, of course it wasn't! The self-absorbed prince was asked his name by Rick ( the prince's royal dish washer, yea I know ) he replied, " My name is Prince Humperdink but my friends call me Humpy." That type of crude humor DOES NOT go in to PG movies or at least it shouldn't. I hope I left you with something to think about, but if I haven't then you just wasted your time didn't you??? :-D

  • May 22, 2008 misa76c
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    Seriously, this movie had a lot of potential. It could have been a brilliantly funny skewering of classic fairy tales. But it wasn't. Instead, it's just a bland retelling of Cinderella, from the perspective of the kitchen boy who had a crush on her, with a few generic bad guys thrown in for the heck of it. It would have been better if the real villains from all the other stories that are mentioned had actually showed up. The infighting among the villains alone would have been a riot. As it was, this movie missed the mark by a long way, and was too short to boot. If your kids insist on seeing it, at least wait until it's out on DVD.

  • May 22, 2008 moribus
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    I normally enjoy going to the movies with my children. This picture was slow and did not even keep the attention of one of my children's friends. I don't recommend watching it in the theater or at home. Save your money.

  • May 22, 2008 bmolina100
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    Please stop making movies like this. Please do not tamper or mess with the old time favorites. It is like tampering with Coca Cola's original flavor.I am giving this movie the lowest rating.

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