Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

Just how hard is it to be happy? In the effervescent new comedy from writer/director Mike Leigh, Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, an irrepressibly free-spirited school teacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mike Leigh's latest partially-improvised film is a light-hearted comedy with moments that bite, and features a brilliant star turn by Sally Hawkins.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Hawkins wears her grin in almost every scene, but she gives us hints that this dizzy 30-year-old is deep, as are the disappointments that might have caused Poppy to don this mask. It's a performance of sustained, childlike wonder and adult wit.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Sally Hawkins, in a blinding, Oscar-worthy piece of acting so good you barely see it, plays Poppy, a perpetually upbeat elementary schoolteacher in London.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

You just want to protect her, from the world, from everything, but really she's much stronger than you are.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

It's a powerful argument for optimism.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Leigh pushes the story in a more interesting direction, asking whether people find happiness or simply will it on themselves.

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Ian Buckwalter

If you leave the theater feeling uplifted (and unless your heart is made of cold gray concrete, you will), it wasn't due to manipulation, but a result of the film having honestly earned it.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

I've never used this cliché in a review before, and God forbid I ever use it again, so pay close attention: Happy-Go-Lucky is the feel-good movie of the year.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The new Mike Leigh film, Happy-Go-Lucky, is a real pleasure, and besides being Leigh's most buoyantly comic feature it's a marvelous showcase for Sally Hawkins, who has worked twice before with the British writer-director.

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Fernando F. Croce

Leigh's most visually beautiful picture since Topsy-Turvy, Happy-Go-Lucky is all about the clashing and connecting of such emotional biospheres.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
0 stars. This was the first time I gave a movie zero stars on Flixster...and it's not because I'm a cranky old bastard who hates happy movies. The… More
Saskia D.
Poppy annoyed the crap out of me in the beginning of the movie. You start to think that maybe she has a loose screw somewhere. But when you see the people she… More
Reid Volk
An engaging character study about a woman blessed with a sunny disposition. It is a rare occasion that you see a protagonist who's care-free nature… More
Bethany Murphy
So awful. There are no words. Really bad. Don't watch it.
Jens S.
This cheeky comedy about a female teacher who enjoys looking on the bright side of life feels a bit like the British reply to France's Amelie. That mostly… More
Ross Collins
More of a TV drama than a movie, it has some sweet, if slightly annoying, everyday English characters undergoing their everyday lives without the story ever… More