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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 60
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    Evans directs energetically, and the personable actors help to keep us involved, but the picture skims stubbornly along the surface. show more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine

    Ken Urban, adapting his own play, fumbles at injections of urban, and decidedly not urbane, levity, in addition to telegraphing entire subplots. show more

  • 25
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    A movie about bisexuals sounds fresh and fun on paper, but a sensitive acoustic song under the opening credits shows exactly where The Happy Sad is going. Deadly earnestness and sex don’t mix well at the movies. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Kudos to Evans for making up for the galling lack of gay African-American screen representation while delivering hot-body eroticism, but reducing complex relationship issues to a typical indie-flick blatherathon—complete with performances of varying quality and stilted dialogue—isn’t helping anyone. show more

  • 70
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    The cast—and Evans's deft hand with them—makes it worth checking out. show more

  • 60
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    Aside from a few missing transitional beats and one too many coincidental encounters, the picture's fluid, zigzagging sexuality and emotional high-diving prove largely credible and diverting. show more

  • 60
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    The actors are so relaxed and personable that the film’s occasional glibness — and its over-reliance on coincidence to further the cross-pollinating narrative — is easy to let slide. show more

  • 60
    Andrew Barker Variety

    Full of warmth and refreshingly matter-of-fact sexuality, the film has its heart in the right place, yet it’s ultimately a bit blander than its subject matter ought to demand, and its chamber-piece intimacy and pileup of coincidences scan particularly awkwardly given its convincingly wide-open depiction of New York. show more

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