Happy Tears
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Explores how a parent's dementia can distort the reality of one of his daughters while she is trying to get her life back together.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

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"A cringe-inducing, self-consciously kooky indie comedy that's best enjoyed for its taste of Rip Torn, who, judging by his recent alleged bank break-in, comes to loose-cannon stuff naturally."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Happy Tears settles for the usual moments, even at its quirkiest."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Demi Moore and Parker Posey play polar-opposite sisters dealing with their aging father (Rip Torn) who's showing signs of senility, soiling himself and shacking up with his "nurse" (Ellen Barkin)."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Reminds one of how bad American independent films...can be."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Not all of the subplots work, but with its flights of fancy, strong acting and a cockeyed skew of family dysfunction, Happy Tears most certainly tries."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"Writer and director Mitchell Lichtenstein struggles to find the humor in a host of horrors."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"On its way to a climax that ends every plot strand on an unrealistically upbeat and pat note, Happy Tears loses sight of what made the film so engrossing in the first place."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's rarely dull and confidently guided by the cast, but it offers little in the way of overall impact, despite creative visual flourishes and a screenplay rooted in the devastating game of personal reflection. It's cold to the touch."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"You don't necessarily believe these are real folks but boy they sure are entertaining."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"An oddball family drama with idiosyncratic characters and a handful of surreal scenes."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Happy Tears is a complete mess of a movie, but Lichtenstein conjures some sweet moments and striking metaphors -- and none more striking than Posey's $500 boots, which look either black or blue, given the available light."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"In the role of a dialed-down, capable woman, Demi Moore suggests dramatic possibilities for future roles. She projects a kind of calm, and it's attractive."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"one of those awkwardly pretentious attempts to seem hip and profound by simply depicting people acting really goofy"
‑ Jason McKiernan, Filmcritic.com
"Sometimes dysfunctional families are better kept for personal consumption rather than being unleashed on the world at large."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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