Happiness Runs
Happiness Runs (2010)

A young man raised in a polygamous cult struggles to escape with his childhood love. Victor (Mark L. Young) may have been raised in a hippie commune, but he never bought into the philosophy laid out by shady guru Insley (Rutger Hauer), who… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

There's more boobs than brains in Adam Sherman's semi-true tale of heedless, bored debauchery

Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Rarely has anything so lurid seemed so downright mundane.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Happiness Runs wears its air-quote truth like a protective cloak, to fend off dismissals of its narrative inadequacies: after all, if it's based on a true story, how could it not be infused with hidden profundity?

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

An astoundingly bad memory piece that blows its potential dramatic heft at every turn.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

O.K., life without structure or purpose leads to disillusionment and angst, but we knew that already. I'll be darned if I know what deeper lesson we're supposed to learn after suffering through 88 minutes of misery.

Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

Sherman's macabre dream-fueled imagery elevates the material from solely navel-gazing, but only slightly.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

This strident exposť may gladden the hearts of some anti-'60s conservatives, but it is a shapeless mess steeped in prurience.

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

The film builds on a fascinating cautionary tale, but doesn't develop its characters past whatever movie-of-the-week crisis each suffers from.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

"Callow" would be too kind a description of this messy, unoriginal and dull treatise of a filmmaker's youthful years in a commune.

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Dan B
Disturbing, uncomfortable, and somehow pervasively dull. I kept waiting for an actual plot to develop, but it never really does.

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