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Happy-Go-Lucky

10happ75 When someone steals her beloved bike, eternally cheerful schoolteacher "Poppy" Cross takes up driving and is paired with a sour instructor -- who's both attracted to and repelled by Poppy in this upbeat slice-of-life tale.
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"Happy-Go-Lucky" is closely tuned to the pulse of communal life, to the rhythms of how people work, play and struggle together. Read the review
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Hawkins wears her grin in almost every scene, but she gives us hints that this dizzy 30-year-old is deep, as are the disappointments that might have caused Poppy to don this mask. It's a performance of sustained, childlike wonder and adult wit.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
 
It's a powerful argument for optimism.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald  full review
 
I've never used this cliche in a review before, and God forbid I ever use it again, so pay close attention: Happy-Go-Lucky is the feel-good movie of the year.
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle  full review
 
Sally Hawkins, in a blinding, Oscar-worthy piece of acting so good you barely see it, plays Poppy, a perpetually upbeat elementary schoolteacher in London.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
Leigh pushes the story in a more interesting direction, asking whether people find happiness or simply will it on themselves.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
The new Mike Leigh film, Happy-Go-Lucky, is a real pleasure, and besides being Leigh's most buoyantly comic feature it's a marvelous showcase for Sally Hawkins, who has worked twice before with the British writer-director.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
Sally Hawkins been in movies before, including Leigh's "Vera Drake" and Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream," but this is her star-making role. She was named best actress at Berlin 2008. I will deliberately employ a cliche: She is a joy to behold.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
Expertly directed by Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky is not only joyous but substantial.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
Mr. Leigh has executed a richly exuberant entertainment for our troubled times, and deserves still another of my honorary Oscars for his astoundingly skillful effort.
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer  full review
 
The British actress Sally Hawkins delivers a nervy, utterly captivating tour de force performance in Happy-Go-Lucky, Mike Leigh's transporting new film.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
Coming from the man who made his name as a director of often grim social-realist films such as Vera Drake, All or Nothing and Secrets & Lies, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky strikes one as a film fantasy.
Susan Walker, Toronto Star  full review
 
Happy-Go-Lucky isn't one of Leigh's epic social canvases like Secrets & Lies or even Topsy-Turvy; rather, it's an edgy character study whose message only gradually emerges.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
As refreshing as it is to find a movie that leaves you smiling, it's something much rarer to discover a film that makes you think about what a commitment to happiness really means.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
 
Oddball and ingenious.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
It's a small, radiant gem in a movie season cluttered with rhinestones. You leave the theater feeling both clearheaded and buoyant.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
It is a decidedly clear-eyed exploration of the challenges of being happy. And, as such, it's both an enjoyable comedy and a fascinating character study.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
The key to enjoying the film, a minor effort by Leigh, is warming up to Poppy. Her bubbly personality may be too much for some. She's like a walking, talking smiley face.
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
A picture so seemingly light that it might be hours (or even days) before you realize how deep and rich it really is.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com  full review
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