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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The curdled Norwegian comedy-drama Happy, Happy, which dissects a pair of poisoned marriages, is sometimes heavy-handed (like its title) but has much to recommend it. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    In her casually daring - and mostly endearing - debut feature, the Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky mixes and purposely mismatches light and dark moods to tell the story of a rural wife and mother looking for happiness in the wrong places, and finally in the right one. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    If it weren't so good-natured overall, Anne Sewitsky's feature debut Happy, Happy might seem entirely implausible, even for a comedy. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Winner of Sundance's grand jury prize for world cinema, Happy, Happy is a very strange film. Yet I was happy to be watching. It is short and intense enough that it always seems on track, even if the train goes nowhere. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Happy, Happy has the makings of a Norwegian "Ice Storm," but it goes out with a whimper. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie attempts to both explain everything away and pat itself (and Norway) on the back once we see Noa watching President Obama deliver his Nobel Prize speech. show more

  • 50
    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    The filmmaker looks to American modes of visual and aural expression to give Happy, Happy its soul, but all her fetish accomplishes is depersonalizing her story, making a sitcom of her character's lives. show more

  • 38
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    First-time director Anne Sewitsky may intend Happy, Happy as a Chekhovian chamber piece or romantic bagatelle, but her smugness about racism - and her glib symbolic resolution of the conflicts she raises - suggests an ambition that far outstrips her ability, at least for now. show more

  • 80
    Total Film

    The ensuing drama is typically Scandinavian in the best way possible – the setting's beautiful, the tensions slow-burning. Meanwhile, musical interludes courtesy of a barbershop quartet lend a playful undertone. show more

  • 60
    The Guardian

    Like Kaja (Agnes Kittelsen), the wide-eyed Madame Bovary at its heart, Happy, Happy starts out cartoonish and ends up oddly endearing. show more

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