The Pursuit of Happyness

2006 Drama

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe, James Karen


  • I don't think I've seen a mainstream movie get fatherhood so right since "Kramer vs . Kramer": the fear, the indulgence, the snappishness, the pre-occupied "uh-huhs" as a child natters about his day, the steamrolling waves of love.

    Ty Burr - The Boston Globe

    27 April 2013

  • My sentimentality meter never went off, and Smith proved what people have forgotten since his breakthroughs in "Where the Day Takes You" and "Six Degrees of Separation" 13 years ago: He's a serious actor.

    Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer

    27 April 2013

  • It's a beautiful and understated performance, one that hums with a richer, quieter music than Smith has mustered before.

    Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly

    27 April 2013

  • 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 gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it. He's the real deal.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    27 April 2013

  • 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 desperation and need.

    Mick LaSalle - The San Francisco Chronicle

    27 April 2013


  • Top Box Office Films

    ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2007)

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

    Academy Awards (2007)

  • Best Actor

    BET Awards (2007)

  • Best Actor

    Black Reel Awards (2007)

  • Best Actor

    Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2007)