Happy Accidents

Ruby Weaver (Marisa Tomei) is tired of being the "enabler" in relationships and has decided to give up the role of doormat. She's also on the verge of giving up on love when she meets a sweet, small-town guy, Sam Deed (Vincent D'Onofrio), who changes her mind. It seems Ruby's finally found a sane boyfriend -- until Sam divulges that he's a time traveler from the year 2470. Now it's up to Ruby to decide whether love can conquer all.
Netflix Rating: 3.2
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 72%
Critics' score: 72   Audience score: 71   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Anderson ... resorts to all sorts of directorial tricks to sustain this shaky premise.

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Unlike the typical Hollywood romance, its belief in happily-ever-after, even if it has to come from the fourth dimension, feels authentic. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

The story isn't perfectly proportioned ... but it gets quirkier at the points where most romantic comedies go limp. full review

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle

Its rampant oddness is certain to polarize audiences. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

For a high-flown fantasy, it's surprisingly down-to-Earth.

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

The actors have enough appeal to keep it moving over the speed bumps. full review

Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle

The charm of Happy Accidents is that, like Ruby, we half-believe Sam Deed. full review

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

The low-budget Happy Accidents may be just the tonic for those in the mood for something quirky and low-key. full review

Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News

Conveying a certain amount of charm is key, and there is little in the schlubby presence of Vincent D'Onofrio. full review

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

The actors make a good team in this film, and they're playing well-defined characters, but the script is so repetitive that we get mighty impatient for the mystery to be resolved.

Megan Rosenfeld, Washington Post

A cleverly resourceful mixture of romantic comedy and sci-fi time travel. full review

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

Has an engaging, light-hearted sweetness, clever plot and, amazingly, no special 4-D effects. full review

Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News

Anderson constructs a story where past and future converge to redefine present-tense romantic anxiety. And in so doing he offers a redefinition of love.

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

Doesn't have the negative qualities of many big-studio romantic comedies, but it doesn't quite take flight. full review

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

A warped kind of romantic comedy in which the whole is substantially less than the sum of the parts.

Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz

Happy Accidents is about as unconventional a romantic comedy as you're likely to find - the only problem is that the lackluster science fiction elements keep getting in the way. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The actors make it fun to watch. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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