Joy Reviews

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October 9, 2017
While he has all the right ingredients, Russell isn't much of a cook. He stirs and stirs to haphazard results.
January 3, 2016
The movie's a shambles, alternatingly agreeable and aggravating, held together by our interest in its heroine and by Lawrence's tremendously sympathetic performance.
January 3, 2016
Russell is almost totally uninterested in the story of how Joy Mangano explored a bizarre and unknown new business model and became its first self-made tycoon, and as a result we aren't interested either.
December 29, 2015
Joy is a film about life's defiance of expectations. It defies them right back.
December 28, 2015
Two years after Jennifer Lawrence appeared in David O. Russell's American Hustle, she gets to show some.
December 25, 2015
Joy can be viewed as a modern day rags-to-riches fairytale. It's Cinderella without the prince. In a way, that's part of the film's charm.
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
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