• R, 2 hr. 15 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Wayne Wang
    In Theaters:
    Sep 8, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 4, 2002
  • Buena Vista Pictures

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The Joy Luck Club Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

December 29, 2012
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Josh Larsen

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

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2/4

February 26, 2009
Steve Crum

Well mounted adaptation of best seller.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 2, 2008
Emanuel Levy

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

December 18, 2006
Michael Dequina

Deserves every tear it wrenches from your eyes.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 5, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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

| Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

June 29, 2002
Stephen Farber

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

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper

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.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Pete Croatto

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Loaded with heart, filled with life and completely entertaining.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the most touching and moving of the year's films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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