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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It exemplifies the same appealing style, which strives to show life as it's lived and people as they really talk and act. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A gently funny ensemble comedy that feels less like a movie than a short story. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Each viewer is likely to connect with a different character initially, but don’t be surprised if you switch allegiances several times before the story ends. show more

  • 70
    Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter

    Swanberg's modest script lays out some fairly mundane domestic situations, which the actors elevate with a collaborative style characterized by gentle humor and authentic, frequently overlapping dialogue. show more

  • 79
    Kate Erbland

    Swanberg’s most mature and satisfying film yet. show more

  • 88
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    Joe Swanberg's films have grown into a reliable relief from the competitive, dehumanizing freneticism of much of American culture, marked by an affirming and understated sense of decency. show more

  • 75
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Happy Christmas expertly captures the rhythms of a young couple’s life and how it changes enormously when a baby arrives. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Happy Christmas, which is set around Christmas, shares several plot and thematic points with “Neighbors,” but without the aggression or belly laughs. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Mumblecore founding father Joe Swanberg is back with this amiable off-season tale of Chicago millennials and their dissatisfactions. It offers his characteristic you-are-there visuals, rackety sound and meandering dialogue, often with appealing results. show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna

    One glance at the static camerawork that plagues the entirety of Happy Christmas and you might also discern that this is a minimalist mumblecore production, a kitchen-sink-style indie genre that apparently outlaws long shots or close-ups. show more

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