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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Smith wins our hearts without losing his dignity, as Chris suits up for success by day and fights off despair by night. The role needs gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it. He's the real deal. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Will Smith has the right quality for the role -- he's an easy man to root for -- but he augments this by channeling some inner quality of desperation and need. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    If The Pursuit of Happyness didn't star Will Smith and his adorable son Jaden, it might be just another tearjerker rags-to-riches story. But their chemistry raises the level of the film, making it heartfelt and compelling. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The pursuit is manipulative and repetitive. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The relationship between Chris and his diminutive namesake is at the core of the film - the determination to be there for his son, no matter what; the mentoring, the pair's goofy, lovely banter. And Smith and his bright-eyed boy pull it off brilliantly. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    You may have to go back to 1973's "Paper Moon" and the father/daughter work of Ryan O'Neal and 10-year-old Tatum for equal excellence in nepotism. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    This is a slick studio production with a huge movie star and top professionals occupying every production role so that the polish of this well-made film makes even homelessness look neat and tidy. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    I don't think I've seen a mainstream movie get fatherhood so right since "Kramer vs . Kramer": the fear, the indulgence, the snappishness, the pre-occupied "uh-huhs" as a child natters about his day, the steamrolling waves of love. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    My sentimentality meter never went off, and Smith proved what people have forgotten since his breakthroughs in "Where the Day Takes You" and "Six Degrees of Separation" 13 years ago: He's a serious actor. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    While the film is roughly half grit and half sugar, it works because Smith sticks to a tougher, more rewarding recipe of 99.9 percent grit and only .1 percent sugar. show more

  • November 16, 2009 MrCraze182
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    if forest whitker didnt win then will smith would of goten that oscar

  • March 02, 2009 Pawlowski826
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    i loved this movie. it really was a touching movie, and had a great story and moral.

  • July 20, 2008 Lil mikey 1012
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    good !! movie !! this !! was !! great !!

  • July 16, 2008 Eambrosino2
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    i liked it . there was great acting and it acually had a good story. i thought it was realy entertaining and a five star movie to me.

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