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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club (1993)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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Stories told by four elderly Chinese women and their American-born daughters while playing mah-jongg.


Drama, Romance

Amy Tan, Ron Bass

Jun 4, 2002

Buena Vista Pictures

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (5) | DVD (1)

Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Four different actresses play the aunties in their youth, which sometimes keeps us struggling to keep the stories straight. That we do is a tribute to the power of Tan's theme about the miscommunication that separates one generation from another.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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One of the most touching and moving of the year's films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
Washington Post
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Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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If you can get past the the pacing, the length, and the occasional melodrama, "The Joy Luck Club" rewards on two levels: as a look at Asian-American and Asian culture, and as a consideration of the dynamics that shape mother-daughter relationships.

December 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...not only fails to give the novel cinematic stature; it denigrates the delicate beauty of the book itself.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Well mounted adaptation of best seller.

March 2, 2008

At the end of the press screening, Disney's publicists handed out Kleenex to the critics, an effective marketing tool but one that trivilaize the picture, relegating it to the status of a three-handkerchief women's melodrama.

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Deserves every tear it wrenches from your eyes.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

The pleasure of seeing an underrepresented group on-screen is undercut by the stereotyped approach to almost all involved.

August 14, 2003
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Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters.

June 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Despite strong performances by the cast of talented Asian actresses, the movie never sweeps us up in its spell.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline | Comments (2)

The stories are often heart-wrenching and often inspirational. If this is a woman's film, it at least is miles ahead of something like Beaches.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

If you've ever had parents, then you can relate to this movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Loaded with heart, filled with life and completely entertaining.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's no ignoring the fact that The Joy Luck Club is a moving work, both a contemporary and an eternal story about the interlinked boundaries between mothers and daughters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

I would recommend it to anybody who likes movies with real and vibrant people in them.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Joy Luck Club

A very long movie about 4 Chinese Women, one who is dead and the other 3 who were best friends, also stories about each one's daughters telling of events in there lives and there daughters. It's enjoyable and interesting. 4 Stars
January 14, 2011
Bruce Bruce

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Brilliant ensemble cast with seamless representation of intertwining stories. I know that as a Chinese-American, I should find these stories identifiable - and I do to some extent - but I also think they end melodramatically for a happy effect. I don't share the same catharsis.
May 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

Based on the novel by Amy Tan, about four elderly Chinese women who left China for America and their relationships with their American born daughters. Each relationship is strained because of the hardships that each mother had endured. How come Andrew McCarthy never ages?
June 20, 2008
Candy Rose

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This is a great film that takes you into the lives of these women. Each story is different. I love it!!! Mothers and it together!!!
June 1, 2008

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