The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Movie InfoStories told by four elderly Chinese women and their American-born daughters while playing mah-jongg.
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Critic Reviews for The Joy Luck Club
Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.
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.
It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.
Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
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.
...not only fails to give the novel cinematic stature; it denigrates the delicate beauty of the book itself.
Well mounted adaptation of best seller.
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.
The pleasure of seeing an underrepresented group on-screen is undercut by the stereotyped approach to almost all involved.
Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters.
Despite strong performances by the cast of talented Asian actresses, the movie never sweeps us up in its spell.
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.
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.
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 StarsMore
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.More
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?More
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