City of Joy Reviews

  • Apr 26, 2020

    Story/Screenplay: (3/5) Way too drawn out to maintain interest. Needed to be tightened up significantly by trimming down the story. Duration/Tempo: (2.5/5) At 2 hours and 12 minutes, it's a very long movie that felt the same. Unnecessarily long. Needed faster pacing in some parts of the film. Cast & Crew: (3/5) Patrick Swayze's film character was not very interesting, so Swayze didn't have the impact expected of a star of his caliber. However, the rest of the cast was solid. Summary: (3/5) The cast was OK, but they couldn't keep the film from floundering under the weight of a lengthy story and monotonous pacing. A thumbs down.

    Story/Screenplay: (3/5) Way too drawn out to maintain interest. Needed to be tightened up significantly by trimming down the story. Duration/Tempo: (2.5/5) At 2 hours and 12 minutes, it's a very long movie that felt the same. Unnecessarily long. Needed faster pacing in some parts of the film. Cast & Crew: (3/5) Patrick Swayze's film character was not very interesting, so Swayze didn't have the impact expected of a star of his caliber. However, the rest of the cast was solid. Summary: (3/5) The cast was OK, but they couldn't keep the film from floundering under the weight of a lengthy story and monotonous pacing. A thumbs down.

  • Apr 06, 2015

    Well intentions but as a dramatic actor Swayze's just not up to it.

    Well intentions but as a dramatic actor Swayze's just not up to it.

  • Jun 01, 2014

    While a little unfocused at times, this last hurrah from the once great Joffe is still a very, very fine drama. Grade-A performances, especially Puri as a struggling father, a stirring yet uplifting score by the always great Morricone, and careful splashes of viscerality and grit elevate this production.

    While a little unfocused at times, this last hurrah from the once great Joffe is still a very, very fine drama. Grade-A performances, especially Puri as a struggling father, a stirring yet uplifting score by the always great Morricone, and careful splashes of viscerality and grit elevate this production.

  • Mar 08, 2014

    great! however, it was hard to understand Indian accents. but still highly recommend!

    great! however, it was hard to understand Indian accents. but still highly recommend!

  • Sep 02, 2012

    well made, but missing something

    well made, but missing something

  • May 04, 2012

    This movie will at times test your emotions!!! Very sad movie!

    This movie will at times test your emotions!!! Very sad movie!

  • Dec 17, 2011

    Fantastic movie. The story line is capturing and attacks the human heart.

    Fantastic movie. The story line is capturing and attacks the human heart.

  • May 10, 2011

    uplifting. a little over done by swayze in parts, but quite good.

    uplifting. a little over done by swayze in parts, but quite good.

  • May 03, 2011

    a very inspiring movies.. I'm trying to find its DVD in Indonesia but not succesful yet, anybody can help?

    a very inspiring movies.. I'm trying to find its DVD in Indonesia but not succesful yet, anybody can help?

  • Apr 18, 2011

    <a href="http://cooltext.com"><img src="http://images.cooltext.com/2048199.png" width="109" height="40" alt="My Review " /></a></a> <b><i>"All that is not given is lost."</b></i> American doctor Max Lowe searches for meaning in his life as he travels to Calcutta, India; almost upon touching down, he is mugged and beaten. Joan, an Irish nun struggling to provide basic medical care for impoverished slum dwellers, nurses the young physician back to health, and together they decide to open a new clinic that will give hope to surrounding community. The true heroism lies in the quality of the fight between the souls of the people and the heart of a man. Released on April 15, 1992, <i>City Of Joy</i> was directed by Roland Joffe who was also behind <i>The Mission</i> and <i>The Killing Fields</i>. When I first discovered this film title on a television broadcast not so long ago the only things that appealed to me were its Indian setting characteristic of Bollywood except this isn't a musical but an epic drama and the late Patrick Swayze. For the latter he delivers his finest acting performance in a lead role who was flawed at the start as a quitter at the hospital he worked in. His character improves to a new person now upon finding enlightenment thanks to a well developed cast of mostly Indian stars including Om Puri whose Hasari Pal role settles into the city life as a farmer. The storyline here is well written, and I pretty much understood it with every conflict expressed among our characters. <div style="width:532px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/city-of-joy-12333188"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/33/31/12333188_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div> With a well structured storyline about its struggles <i>City Of Joy</i> does have its joy to become a great movie, so I'm recommending it to everyone. The movie's original running time is at 2 hours and 14 minutes, but since I saw it on television for the first time I was unaware that certain parts are missing, and I'm hoping to see that again although in its entirety someday.

    <a href="http://cooltext.com"><img src="http://images.cooltext.com/2048199.png" width="109" height="40" alt="My Review " /></a></a> <b><i>"All that is not given is lost."</b></i> American doctor Max Lowe searches for meaning in his life as he travels to Calcutta, India; almost upon touching down, he is mugged and beaten. Joan, an Irish nun struggling to provide basic medical care for impoverished slum dwellers, nurses the young physician back to health, and together they decide to open a new clinic that will give hope to surrounding community. The true heroism lies in the quality of the fight between the souls of the people and the heart of a man. Released on April 15, 1992, <i>City Of Joy</i> was directed by Roland Joffe who was also behind <i>The Mission</i> and <i>The Killing Fields</i>. When I first discovered this film title on a television broadcast not so long ago the only things that appealed to me were its Indian setting characteristic of Bollywood except this isn't a musical but an epic drama and the late Patrick Swayze. For the latter he delivers his finest acting performance in a lead role who was flawed at the start as a quitter at the hospital he worked in. His character improves to a new person now upon finding enlightenment thanks to a well developed cast of mostly Indian stars including Om Puri whose Hasari Pal role settles into the city life as a farmer. The storyline here is well written, and I pretty much understood it with every conflict expressed among our characters. <div style="width:532px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/city-of-joy-12333188"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/33/31/12333188_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div> With a well structured storyline about its struggles <i>City Of Joy</i> does have its joy to become a great movie, so I'm recommending it to everyone. The movie's original running time is at 2 hours and 14 minutes, but since I saw it on television for the first time I was unaware that certain parts are missing, and I'm hoping to see that again although in its entirety someday.