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.
December 25, 2015
It's clear that the point here isn't people, it's payoff, emotional and otherwise.
December 25, 2015
Perhaps people who make gazillions selling housewares on The Shopping Channel deserve to be honoured; if they do, Joy is not a fitting tribute to Mangano - nor to the mop.
December 25, 2015
It's all about Joy overcoming obstacles on her way to the American Dream and Lawrence imbues her with strength and resolve. The result is joyous indeed.
December 25, 2015
If "Joy" seems to move toward a foreordained conclusion, it zigzags and covers its tracks along the way, sending its heroine on a roller-coaster ride of raised hopes and brutal disappointments and playing tricks with the audience's expectations.
Top Critic
December 24, 2015
The movie lurches from event to event, and tone to tone, without articulating a reason to exist.
December 24, 2015
Lawrence is a joy, but the movie, sadly, isn't.
December 24, 2015
Lawrence ... thrives here, but even her skill and determination can't stabilize a film that goes off in any number of directions and rarely feels confident about the kind of story it wants to be telling.
December 24, 2015
Even Lawrence, in the end, is a letdown. As entertaining and committed as she is - and she's easily the best thing about "Joy" - the actress ultimately can't sell a souffle that's half baked.
December 24, 2015
Joy is a fun but untidy muddle, a mess that even the self-wringing mop of its central metaphor can't easily clean up.
December 24, 2015
"Joy" doesn't work entirely, and the structure set up so clearly in the opening sequence is dropped early on for no apparent reason, but I'll be damned if I didn't get carried away at the story of a mop sweeping the nation.
December 24, 2015
In the end, Joy is more slender and inconsequential than Russell probably intends it to be-it wears its ideas rather than embodying them. But Lawrence keeps the channels of communication open, every minute, with the audience.
December 24, 2015
The script feels not half-finished, but maybe three-quarters. Lawrence does what she can to make up the missing 25 percent, but even she can't perform miracles.
December 23, 2015
A movie that doesn't just do a disservice to its subject and its lead, but to the women it attempts to speak for.
December 23, 2015
I wouldn't call this a complete dud, but it's the least engaging David O. Russell feature I've seen.
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