Joy

2015, Drama/Comedy, 2h 3m

274 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Joy is anchored by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, although director David O. Russell's uncertain approach to its fascinating fact-based tale only sporadically sparks bursts of the titular emotion. Read critic reviews

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A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and enterprise. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.

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  • Aug 24, 2017
    It takes a special kind of director to tell the story of a single mom trying to sell a mop that she has invented and make it anywhere close to compelling, and David O Russell is a that special kind of director. This is the third time he has teamed with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and I hope it happens 15 more. Great use of Music, especially Buffalo Springfield's dreaming to fly during an emotional funeral scene. The film that is both uplifting in Joy's perseverance and dispiriting in the stonewalling obstacles that an ordinary person with an idea has to overcome to succeed.
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  • Feb 21, 2017
    No matter how much this film tries to big itself up, it's still about a woman who re-invented the mop.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2016
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  • Jun 08, 2016
    I am a sucker for the under dog story and this film is definitely about an underdog. David O. Russell takes a unconventional and moody approach in telling the life story of Joy Magnello. But, Lawrence gets her best role since Winter's Bone and hits it out of the park.SHe has great support from Madsen, Ladd, Ramirez, Cooper and Roehm. But, De Niro calls his performance in as her father and almost ruins the film. The film can be accused of too many flashbacks that can confuse the viewer but I was invested enough and was overall satisfied. 05-30-2016
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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