The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)



Critic Consensus: Will Smith's heartfelt performance elevates The Pursuit of Happyness above mere melodrama.

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Chris Gardner is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them.

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Will Smith
as Chris Gardner
Jaden Smith
as Christopher
Brian Howe
as Jay Twistle
James Karen
as Martin Frohm
Dan Castellaneta
as Alan Frakesh
Kurt Fuller
as Walter Ribbon
Kevin West
as World's Greatest Dad
George Cheung
as Chinese Maintenance Worker
Michael Silverman
as Doctor at First Hospital David
David Michael Silverman
as Doctor at First Hospital
Domenic Bove
as Tim Ribbon
Geoff Callan
as Ferrari Owner
Raven Joyful
as Hippie Girl
Scott Klace
as Tim Brophy
Maurice Sherbanee
as Roy the Old Neighbor
Zuhair Haddad
as Cab Driver
Darryl Fong
as Policeman
George Maguire (II)
as Police Clerk
Joseph A. Nuñez
as Driver Who Hits Chris
Adam Del Rio
as Shoe-Spotting Intern
Rocky LaRochelle
as Motel Manager
Erin Cahill
as Dean Witter Receptionist
Rueben Grundy
as Businessman
Reuben Grundy
as Businessman
Lo Ming
as Young Executive
Ming Lo
as Young Executives
John Kovacevich
as Young Executive
Bonnie Akimoto
as Doctor's Receptionist
Stu Klitsner
as Dr. Strauk
Esther Scott
as Shelter Workers
Tina D'Elia
as Shelter Workers
Rev. Cecil Williams
as Reverend Williams
David Fine
as Big Guy Rodney
George Moffatt
as Homeless Guy In Line
Jason Frazier
as Young Man - Bus Fight
Kevin Crook
as Smug Intern
David Haines
as Other Young Executive
Jim Finnerty
as News Reporter
Abigail Van Alyn
as Ribbon's Receptionist
Bob Greene
as Doctor at Oakland Memorial Hospital
Robert Anthony Peters
as Glide Shelter Worker
John Robb
as Homeless Guys
Daniel Wilder
as Homeless Guys
Cathy Fithian
as Policewoman
Keith Stevenson
as Indian Grocery Clerk
Jeff Applebaum
as Dean Witter Employee
Victor Hoagland
as Ribbon's Associates
Richard Bischoff
as Ribbon's Associates
Edward Donlin
as Dr. Don Florio
Larry Hunt
as Bucket Man
Rose Aispuro
as Blood Center Clerk
Arbin C. Kumar
as Check Cashing Clerk
George Cheung
as Chinese Maintenance Worker
The Glide Ensemble
as Glide Singers
Jeffrey Moon
as Pizza Dad
Karen Kahn
as Professional Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Pursuit of Happyness

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (55)

In an effort to make a crowd-pleasing film, the horrors that Gardner must have experienced on the streets feel glossed over by the Hollywood machine.

March 24, 2007
Top Critic

We may wonder if happiness can be bought this way, and whether the film being sold to us isn't a slightly suspect package, but Smith, sublime and moving, sells it regardless.

January 17, 2007

Deserves kudos for avoiding saccharine sentiment, but its relentless emphasis on money as the cure for all ills is depressing. They might as well have called it The Pursuit of Richyness.

January 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Plays like an unravelling of the Eighties comedy hit Trading Places. Instead of a smart-Alec street hustler who turns the tables on his seemingly benign patrons, we have a smart saint who simply wants to join the club.

January 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film unspools like a souped-up vanity project.

January 14, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One can detect almost the spirit of a public information film nagging the audience: look, people, the American Dream doesn't come for free.

January 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith is absolutely splendid in this inspirational real story of struggle and determination that holds an intense dramatic power without any need to become a cheap melodrama - which is something Hollywood has long grown used to, unfortunately.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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A story that is inspirational, and moving, predictable, and moves a little too slowly is elevated considerably by the incredibly moving and touching performances of Will Smith and Jaden Smith. It could have been extremely melodramatic, but the great performances and comic moments keep it at great, emotional drama.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

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