Attal knows that no matter how adult we feel when we say, 'I do,' marriage is all child's play: jealousy, lies and pure, unconditional love. Perplexing, but not a bad option.
Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune, 2005-07-28
Happily Ever After is never as insightful or as funny as Woody at his best. But the film has a fine-tuned approach to human behavior.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2005-06-30
A meditation on the joys and frustrations of monogamy that manages to be a diverting and funny character study at least most of the time.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2005-06-17
Whether any of them will live happily ever after is a question you're left pondering long after this challenging film comes to a close.
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, 2005-06-17
It's French. It's sexy. It's got a killer soundtrack.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2005-06-16
A tremendously provocative date movie for couples brave enough to face each other afterward.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2005-06-10
Like the story, the camerawork in Happily Ever After is loose, fluid and intent on discovery; it lets characters' moments together and alone unfurl easily and casually in a way that Hollywood seems to want to avoid like failure.
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, 2005-05-05
If you ever get a chance to see Happily Ever After at any venue and in any form, drop everything and see it.
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, 2005-05-05
The picture is neither comedy nor drama but an irridescent blending of the two, like the complex sky of a Turner painting.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2005-04-14
There's little you haven't seen in any number of French flicks, but then, most of them didn't have Gainsbourg.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 2005-04-08
This is terrific filmmaking.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News, 2005-04-08
This is an affair to forget.
Marta Barber, Miami Herald, 2005-09-09
Gets bogged down in midlife-crisis cliches.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2005-09-01
There's nothing much wrong with the film; my complaint is that there's nothing much right about it.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2005-07-28
If this is director Attal's attempt to dive into the complex world of marriages, he barely swam past the shoreline.
Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News, 2005-06-16
This look at the assorted struggles of modern hetero coupledom gives off a distinctly moldy aroma.
Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly, 2005-05-05
There's very little wit, charm or even energy on display.
Lisa Nesselson, Variety, 2005-04-14
None of these men, unfortunately, is a very compelling character.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2005-04-14