90

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
Since premiering on the festival circuit in 2002, this small masterpiece has been one of the best films around not to secure a proper theatrical release, and while one week on a single L.A. screen at the height of the crowded holiday season may not exactly qualify as proper, it's nevertheless a joyous happening.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
This is a droll, laid-back film noir steeped in Crescent City atmosphere and music that culminates in the colliding worlds of genuine and virtual reality.
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80

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Isn't for everyone. It seems certain to confound as many viewers as it will inspire. But pic will foster a core critical contingent that will find itself transfixed and, ultimately, deeply moved by the film's ravishing power.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Beautifully acted and filmed, with the Internet imagery rendered in Pixelvision.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
It's perhaps most remarkable as a sweet, mysterious portrait of pre-flood New Orleans, which Almereyda not incorrectly portrays as a land of wandering, uncertain souls.
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70

Village Voice

When Amelia takes the full multimedia plunge in the movie's final moments, Happy becomes something inexplicably (and metaphysically) beautiful.
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The soundtrack includes great songs by Andre Williams and Shirley Ellis, and music by local R'n'B legend Ernie K-Doe and electronic organ freakazoid Quintron, who both appear in the film.
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40

Film Threat

By Tim Merrill
Rarely interesting, always confounding.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A few relevant themes do bubble up from this visually intriguing swamp of self-indulgence, but Arquette's pseudo-philosopher seems to speak for Almereyda when he says, "If there was a point, there wouldn't be a story."
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25

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Almereyda's muddled Happy Here and Now should have stayed on the shelf - where it's been gathering dust for several years.
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60 out of 100
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