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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The aftertaste of that father-son scene is so strong, so disturbing, that the riches of Happiness -- its writing, its performances, its trenchant wit -- all seem a bit diminished in the bargain. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    One of the most challenging movies in years. show more

  • 100
    New York Daily News

    Masterful. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is not a film for most people. It is certainly for adults only. But it shows Todd Solondz as a filmmaker who deserves attention, who hears the unhappiness in the air and seeks its sources. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Sharp, funny, sad and daring as it may be, Happiness is missing something. Its points are often too obvious, its shocks too juvenile. It's impressive but not transcendent. [23 Oct 1998] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Where Happiness shines, however, is in the series of extraordinary performances given by the members of the diverse ensemble cast. Leading the group is Dylan Baker, whose turn as Bill is astounding. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie's intentions are as serious and thoughtful as its content is timely and sometimes horrifying. For adventurous viewers only. show more

  • 63
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    Solondz's greatest success is the pederast, heartbreakingly played by Baker...Had Solondz reached that apex in the other stories, it would have been a masterpiece. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's not the subject matter itself that's offensive -- pedophilia is as worthy a topic of investigation as any other. Instead, it's the subject's non-treatment -- we don't learn a thing that rings true. show more

  • 100
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Take the safety off of the comedy Magnum called Happiness and put the barrel in your mouth. You'll laugh your ass off as it takes off the back of your head...It could be the best film of the year. At the very least, I'll never forget it. show more

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