The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Chris Gardner is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Will Smith's heartfelt performance elevates The Pursuit of Happyness above mere melodrama.

Mark Salisbury
Time Out

Smith hits all the right notes - understated, engaging, inspirational - even if his young son threatens to charm him off the screen.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

A by-the-numbers piece of Hollywood inspiration.

Joshua Starnes

The Pursuit of Happyness is a very Hollywood film, which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. It tries very hard to be profound and inspirational, but ultimately it's not up to the task.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

This is Smith as you've never seen him -- an unsure, struggling, frustrated guy trying to hold together his family and failing.

Stephanie Zacharek

Some people will see The Pursuit of Happyness as a glorification of capitalism, but the movie is much less about 'getting' than it is about 'not having.'

Fernando F. Croce

Counterfeit emotion and submerged racism

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

As cynical as I am, I have to admit I was completely won over by Smith's sincere and deeply effective work as a guy who was knocked down again and again, but refused to stay on the canvas.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The Pursuit of Happyness can't imagine anything worse than being poor. Except maybe being surrounded by poor people.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Sap, sentiment, and hokey plot devices bog down an otherwise down to earth story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Will Smith is absolutely splendid in this inspirational real story of struggle and determination that holds an intense dramatic power without any need to become… More
Kevin M. Williams
A father with his back to the corner battles his way back to the center of the ring. Will Smith and his son, Jaden, are superlative is this confirmation of the… More
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I really enjoyed this movie, its so sweet and its nice to see Will Smith with his actual son which was a good idea as i feel it made the story come across as… More
Raymond Wieser
A story that is inspirational, and moving, predictable, and moves a little too slowly is elevated considerably by the incredibly moving and touching… More
Albert Kim
-Spoiler alert- "The Pursuit of HappYness" is an okay movie. Will Smith's performance is, of course, great. The direction is what you'd… More