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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Just as Zhao uses his comic gifts to create an affecting human, so Dong's performance as Wu is a triumph of honesty and tact.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Happy Times may be the last of the "little" films from this remarkable director for some time.
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75

Boston Globe

Shares many things with ''Not One Less'' and ''The Road Home,'' among them a grass-roots sensibility that ultimately puts a premium on hope...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Walks a sometimes-shaky line between tenderness and schmaltz.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Had O. Henry set his stories in China, he might have come up with Happy Times, a comedy for which the adjective ''bittersweet'' could have...
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75

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
May disappoint those who expect a more traditional Chinese setting. But, despite its modern look, this is far from being a Western film.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Crude as its build-up may be, the movie pays off with unexpected delicacy.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The girl's blindness may have been meant to symbolize a trusting populace, but she's the one character who clearly sees what's what and who...
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Still worth watching for Dong Jie's performance -- and for the way it documents a culture in the throes of rapid change.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If I found it creepy beyond all reason, that is no doubt because I have been hopelessly corrupted by the decadent society I inhabit.
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Rated PG | For thematic elements and language