Joy Reviews

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November 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...
October 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.
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.
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.
September 21, 2017
It may boast a star-studded cast, but Joy thrives mainly because of [Jennifer] Lawrence's performance.
February 3, 2017
A briskly entertaining film about a woman who "makes it" as an entrepreneur, even if the film fosters Horatio Alger type illusions in a period of deep capitalist decline.
January 9, 2017
The occasional use of dream sequences and flashbacks, particularly to Joy's courtship and marriage, are jarring. But Russell draws out expert performances from the ensemble.
December 17, 2016
Joy feels joyful; it is joyful; it is dreamlike and completely trivial; but it knows it is trivial.
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