Just how hard is it to be happy?
Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, DTS|
|Produced by||Film4, Ingenious Film Partners, Summit Entertainment, Thin Man Films, UK Film Council|
|Comments||A comedy/drama, upbeat and poignant with mildly adult themes.|
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What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
Shaheema Barodien Go watch it for its inspiring lead performance. Poppy isn't someone you're likely forget very easily.
Anna Smith An improvisational comedy drama, it's very funny and establishes Hawkins as a major talent to watch.
|Chicago Sunday Times|
Jason Anderson Poppy is clearly intended to be a shining beacon of good cheer in this world of woe but everything about Happy-Go-Lucky is so forced and facile, she seems more like a cartoon grotesquerie. But then, maybe it’s not such a surprise that Mike Leigh doesn’t know anything about happy people.
James Berardinelli Poppy is the kind of character it's a pleasure to spend two hours with. In fact, I would gladly have given her additional time. Most importantly, she's the reason to experience this film and, because of her, what an experience it is!
Peter Travers Get ready for Sally Hawkins, a dynamo of an actress who will have her way with you in Happy-Go-Lucky, leaving you enchanted, enraged to the point of madness and utterly dazzled. No list of the year's best performances should be made without her.
Tomatometer Mike Leigh's latest partially-improvised film is a light-hearted comedy with moments that bite, and features a brilliant star turn by Sally Hawkins.
What the People say
6414 Netizens A cheerful film with an underlying vein of tragedy
Average .. 75%