100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I thought "Topsy-Turvy" was perfection, a spirited evocation of the partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan, plus a blithely definitive depiction of the artistic process. Happy-Go-Lucky is perfection too, assuming you go along with its leisurely pace, which I did quite happily.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The London universe Leigh creates (employing his trademark improv techniques to unite his ensemble, many of whom make their film debuts) isn't so much a reality as a hope, and an invitation to find joy and grace in everyday moments.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Stays with you like great movies tend to do. It asks you to examine the inner mechanisms of human beings, cheerful and miserable alike. It's not about looking at a glass half empty or a glass half full. It's about drinking down what's in that glass and letting it fill your soul.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It is that rare film that is equal parts entertaining, life-affirming and thought-provoking.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
No list of the year's best performances should be made without her (Sally Hawkins).
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
So relentlessly upbeat that it won't take long before you're wondering just how the director plans to wipe the smile off her face.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The key to enjoying the film is warming up to the heroine, Poppy.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
As surprising as it is delicious with an indelible performance by new star Sally Hawkins.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Is it possible to enjoy the company of the world's most irritating woman? Mike Leigh's surprisingly sunny dramedy makes a pretty good case that, in fact, it is.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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