Joy Reviews

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August 15, 2019
This optimistic, often amusing story is a Lawrence show all the way as she flies the flag for feminism, entrepreneurship and family without missing a beat.
May 24, 2019
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Joy is a rather simple and entertaining film, a biopic of sorts that works best when seen as a strange, unique and slightly true success story.
April 9, 2019
A film with all the right parts assembled in a slightly jumbled configuration.
April 8, 2019
It's a banana flambé with extra rum that brazenly throws together folksy storytelling, arch soap opera melodrama and a typically eccentric cast into a golden Hollywood crack at the American Dream.
April 5, 2019
The path the film leads isn't as clear as it needs to be and doesn't make for a phenomenal narrative. Boasted by good performances, but ultimately lacking in a properly developed story.
February 21, 2019
Lawrence, yet again, displays her formidable talent and priceless charisma.
December 25, 2018
It almost feels pointless to praise Lawrence's acting after how much great work she's done, but this film is further proof of why she's so highly-regarded.
December 7, 2018
On its own terms, Joy works, and if it never exactly produces the title sentiment, it's still a satisfying experience.
November 3, 2018
It's the rare biopic that doesn't feel grandiose or self-important, exploring bigger American themes through both the fantastic and mundane parts of a strong, well-fought life.
November 1, 2018
In other hands this material could have been complete tripe, but Russell and Lawrence elevate it into something more than worth watching.
August 27, 2018
The screwball comedy nature of this setup harks back to Russell's best film, Flirting with Disaster. After a trio of Oscar-friendly and decidedly more mainstream efforts, this is a welcome return to form.
January 26, 2018
Director David O. Russell's film is dragged down by a confusing tone, but makes up for it with a satisfying look at the way Mangano built her business empire from the ground up.
January 11, 2018
There are many good materials and scenes in Joy, but the movie suffers from two problems that keep it from becoming truly successful.
December 4, 2017
Joy is a mess from start to finish; a movie that starts out reasonably entertaining, peaks in the middle with the actual selling of the mop, and then comes tumbling down like London Bridge
December 3, 2017
It may be an even greater testament to Lawrence's talent that she shines through an otherwise choppy movie. Her pluck, her determination and her eventual triumph are well worth rooting for.
November 9, 2017
Heartbreaking, uplifting, liberating...Joy makes you instill faith in your abilities once again. It has that The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) feel to it.
November 5, 2017
The titular character's real-life counterpart changed the face of American innovation. Her cinematic portrayal - a very fictionalized biopic - doesn't.
October 25, 2017
The not so good news is it's in a very long and not very funny film about mops.
October 9, 2017
While he has all the right ingredients, Russell isn't much of a cook. He stirs and stirs to haphazard results.
September 21, 2017
It may boast a star-studded cast, but Joy thrives mainly because of [Jennifer] Lawrence's performance.
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