Hector and the Search for Happiness Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 3 years ago
Hector and the Search for Happiness Review [WATCH VIDEO]
Simon Pegg speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International, for “The World’s End”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” is a drama film directed by Peter Chelsom, from the screenplay of Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay. It is based on Francois Lelord’s novel of the same name. The cast members include: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno and Ming Zhao. “Hector and the Search for Happiness” opened in theaters on Sept. 19, 2014. Read on to learn more about the film, including reviews from top critics.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” Synopsis:

The film centers on Hector (Pegg), a successful London-based psychiatrist. He has a girlfriend, Clara (Pike), a marketer. Hector then leaves his job and nice apartment to embark in a journey, travelling the world and searching for inner joy.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” Review:

As of this writing, the film scored 29 percent in Rotten Tomatoes and 69 percent of the moviegoers liked it. In Metacritic, however, the film scored 21 percent.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” has received negative feedback from top critics, mostly citing the film as flat and bland.

Justin Chang of Variety mentioned in his review that to find happiness is to avoid “Hector and the Search for Happiness.”

“Trite, flat-footed, culturally insensitive, and sagging under the weight of more than 25 credited producers, Peter Chelsom’s film will need every ounce of charm and cachet it can wring from star Simon Pegg to achieve box office traction,” added Chang in Variety.

Meanwhile, Empire’s Olly Richards rated the film two out of five stars, further noting that despite’s the enjoying performance the lead brought into the role, “it’s hard to ride shotgun on Hector’s voyage of discovery.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Leslie Felperin stated on her review that watching the film feels like being attacked by a greeting card.

What are your thoughts on this film? Was the film adaptation really that bad, judging from the reviews? Let us know by posting your comments below.

There you have it for “Hector and the Search for Happiness” synopsis and review. It opened in theaters on Sept. 19, 2014. Keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming movies.

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