The Joy Luck Club Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the most touching and moving of the year's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
September 8, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: C+