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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Take the worst things about independent movies - the wallowing in an unpleasantness, the narrative unsteadiness, the next-to-no story. Then combine those with a hefty dose of light comedy. The result: the big, fat tonal mess that is Happy Tears, a charmless film about two sisters who come together to care for their demented father. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A cringe-inducing, self-consciously kooky indie comedy that's best enjoyed for its taste of Rip Torn. show more

  • 30
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Simply weird. The funny has gone missing. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Joe presents not so much a problem for Jayne and Laura as an opportunity. It's time to finally grow up and be true daughters and sisters. They've waited long enough. All of this, I must add, is done with a nicely screwy, sometimes stoned humor. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    In Happy Tears, Posey lands a juicy starring role designed to showcase her eccentric energy, and she's so delighted by the opportunity that her happiness infuses the movie: She keeps the first half of Happy Tears aloft on a cloud of endearing tics and mannerisms. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Rip Torn's recent real-life misadven tures are slightly echoed in Happy Tears, a moderately diverting black comedy in which he plays (what else?) a crazy old coot, to perfection. show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The acting's not the problem, and it's a nice thing to find Moore playing a human-scaled human being, with a recognizable human touch. The material has a hint of it too. But only a hint. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    A vulgar, happy-as-cancer aberration that takes the dysfunctional family idea to a new low. Whimsical, yes. Happy, never. show more

  • 20
    David Fear Time Out New York

    This film will make you cry tears. They won’t be happy ones. show more

  • 58
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    If the plot unfolded in a less formulaic way, this could have been an impressive dark-tinged comedy. But in the end, it's more a case of talented actors trying to find something fresh in a fairly stale tale. show more

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