The Pursuit of Happyness Synopsis
A single father (Will Smith) struggles to carve out a better life for himself and his son.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
I don't think I've seen a mainstream movie get fatherhood so right since "Kramer vs . Kramer": the fear, the indulgence, the snappishness,...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The relationship between Chris and his diminutive namesake is at the core of the film - the determination to be there for his son, no...
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
My sentimentality meter never went off, and Smith proved what people have forgotten since his breakthroughs in "Where the Day Takes You"...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a beautiful and understated performance, one that hums with a richer, quieter music than Smith has mustered before.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Will Smith has the right quality for the role -- he's an easy man to root for -- but he augments this by channeling some inner quality of...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
You may have to go back to 1973's "Paper Moon" and the father/daughter work of Ryan O'Neal and 10-year-old Tatum for equal excellence in...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
If The Pursuit of Happyness didn't star Will Smith and his adorable son Jaden, it might be just another tearjerker rags-to-riches story....
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Smith wins our hearts without losing his dignity, as Chris suits up for success by day and fights off despair by night. The role needs...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This is a slick studio production with a huge movie star and top professionals occupying every production role so that the polish of this...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The pursuit is manipulative and repetitive.
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I didn't really like this movie.

By singme
Just too much of a downer for me. I found myself ff through most of it. It seemed just too predictable although it did happy ending, which I liked. Will Smith's real life son was cute as a button,...

this movie is soooooooooooooooo cute

By Superstarkindagurl
will smith is soooooooo good have ya seen i am legend???? i like it toooo...

the pursuit of happiness

By toni banks-grays
I thought that this was an exceptionally good film. I don't knopw why it was written that I did'nt like this film. I would go see this movie again!...

The Pursuit Of Happyness

By misscb
This film shows life can be tough and you have to fight for what you want in life. Truely inspirational!...

Great acting.

By Miss.Carley
This movie had the best acting but it was extremely depressing....


By austin1010
i like this movie but it was very sad but rent it or bie it please...

pursuit of happiness

By Mr.Le-bow-ski
good movie, will smith and his son were really good in this. also it was sad, the funny thing was the saddest part was actually the the happiest part of the movie....


By Jovann
An amazing movie. A must watch!...

Wow!! Inspirational

By holmon
This movie is an eye opening film that will make you laugh, cry, and celebrate the life you live. The film unfolds a story about one man's hardships and his wonderful idea toward reaching a goal to...

This is Good Movie

By Naga satya 115
The movie overall was good. I do not regret going to see it. The acting was very good. Most of the movie it's just him and his dog, but Will still draws you into the story, he even makes you laugh. I...

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Rated PG-13 | For some language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Inspirational but often emotionally wrenching story.
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