Happiness (1998)

The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: October 16, 1998
DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Lethem

I, for one, would be thrilled to see Solondz's heart open in his future work. But it would be a mistake to flinch from the greatness of Happiness in the meantime.

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Emanuel Levy

By far Solondz's best film, an original exploration of American suburban angst, with three Chekhovian sisters at the center and a gallery of "deviant" characters that are presented with humor in non-judgmental way.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Some truly hilarious moments, but I spent most of the film with my mouth hanging open in shock.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Exhibits an almost pitch-perfect balance between condescension and compassion.

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James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus

It'll soon have you quoting German existential philosophers in coming to terms with it . . .

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...seduces us with subtle humor and then hammers us with unpleasantness; it seems as selfishly opportunistic as anything committed by the perverted characters it portrays.

Rob Gonsalves

Happiness is tough stuff -- quietly confrontational, genuinely haunting, and, most disturbing of all, unexpectedly moving.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Even in the darkest, sickest moments, there's always some kind of humor [but] what makes this comedy superior to most is that it remains painfully sincere.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Happiness is not a film about happiness, but what is imagined as making one happy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
"Happiness" sure is an experience. It's an ensemble movie about miserable (and often terrible) people who are searching desperately to find ways… More
xGary Xx
A collection of loosely connected suburbanites come come to terms with their own flaws and failings in their quest for elusive "happiness". Todd… More
Lucas Martins
Todd Solondz 's film, present a jaw dropping dialoge, interesting characters, great black humor together with a tense drama, that show the life,… More
paul oh
Brutal, beautiful, and hard to watch...this film tests a viewers mind and has a cerebral aftereffect
Mike S
So many fascinating characters in one and the same movie! Indie films of this sort have a tendency to be pretentious, but I thought this was nothing of the… More
Steven Carrier
Todd Solondz is a brillant filmmaker and "Happiness" is a masterpiece. Incredibly complex and incredibly dark, this 90's independent classic does… More