Reviews

Sep 13, 2021
Joy as a film is as much of a mess as the one being mopped up but Jennifer Lawrence does a great job of keeping the audience rooting for Joy all the way...
Aug 15, 2021
Lawrence does the best with what she is given, and her penultimate scene shows a good deal of strength and power, but Russell's messy movie ultimately lets her down.
Feb 12, 2021
Why is Russell perpetuating fantasies in Joy as harmful as those about winning the lottery or inheriting wealth from "some unknown relative"?
Feb 9, 2021
Joy pursues a number of ill-fitting narrative detours that detract from the fascinating story that should be at the core of the movie. While I was rooting for the film-and for Joy herself - ultimately it felt like the film missed a key opportunity.
Feb 3, 2021
A success story whose fast-paced joyfulness in performance and pacing makes up for the bumpy execution.
Jan 7, 2021
Joy is a mess, sometimes intentionally so and oftentimes not.
Dec 4, 2020
Hiccups in style and pacing can't bring down this strong female lead, brought to stimulating life by Lawrence's easygoing, levelheaded acting.
Sep 13, 2020
Despite being a tad too young for the role and I'd dare say even potentially miscast, Lawrence completely owns this performance.
Jun 28, 2020
An incredible performance by Jennifer Lawrence aided by great David O. Russell direction. [Full review in Spanish]
Jun 26, 2020
Director David O. Russell doesn't balance the story of this domestic heroine and loses pace when he tells it. [Full review in Spanish]
Jan 13, 2020
The screenplay, which was also written by Russell, collapses into a jumbled mess under the weight of flashbacks and failed structural experiments.
Nov 5, 2019
Filled with heart and humor, grit and determination, and entertaining performances, all thrown together in the cinematic wash with a sudsy spin, Joy is the perfect uplifting inspiration...
Oct 24, 2019
This may not be a great movie, but it is an inspiring story. Joy may not mop up at the box office, but when it comes to acting, it's a clean sweep.
Aug 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.
Apr 9, 2019
A film with all the right parts assembled in a slightly jumbled configuration.
Apr 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.
Apr 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.
Feb 21, 2019
Lawrence, yet again, displays her formidable talent and priceless charisma.
Dec 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.