Margarita Happy Hour
Margarita Happy Hour (2001)

It's hard to be hip and a mother at the same time, as one twenty-something New Yorker discovers in this independent comedy drama. Zelda (Eleanor Hutchins) is a struggling artist who lives with her boyfriend Max (Larry Fessenden), a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 22, 2001
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The strength of Hutchins' performance and the open-endedness of Chaiken's film keep Zelda vivid long after the fade-out.

John Anderson

Its portrait of a very unsung sector of society is refreshingly honest and entertaining.

Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

Highly uneven and inconsistent ... Margarita Happy Hour kinda resembles the el cheapo margaritas served within.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Effective in all its aspects, Margarita Happy Hour represents an auspicious feature debut for Chaiken.

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Megan Turner
New York Post

A joyful celebration of female friendship and an unusually honest look at newly responsible young women wistfully saying goodbye to the dreams of their youth.

Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine

A miniscule little bleep on the film radar, but one that many more people should check out

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

With its parade of almost perpetually wasted characters ... Margarita feels like a hazy high that takes too long to shake.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

[Chaiken's] talent lies in an evocative, accurate observation of a distinctive milieu and in the lively, convincing dialogue she creates for her characters.

Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

It's a pedestrian, flat drama that screams out 'amateur' in almost every frame.

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