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The Joy Luck Club Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2012
If you can get past the the pacing, the length, and the occasional melodrama, "The Joy Luck Club" rewards on two levels: as a look at Asian-American and Asian culture, and as a consideration of the dynamics that shape mother-daughter relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
February 26, 2009
...not only fails to give the novel cinematic stature; it denigrates the delicate beauty of the book itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Crum
March 2, 2008
Well mounted adaptation of best seller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
December 18, 2006
At the end of the press screening, Disney's publicists handed out Kleenex to the critics, an effective marketing tool but one that trivilaize the picture, relegating it to the status of a three-handkerchief women's melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Dequina
January 5, 2004
Deserves every tear it wrenches from your eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 14, 2003
The pleasure of seeing an underrepresented group on-screen is undercut by the stereotyped approach to almost all involved.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 29, 2002
Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters.
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Despite strong performances by the cast of talented Asian actresses, the movie never sweeps us up in its spell.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Four different actresses play the aunties in their youth, which sometimes keeps us struggling to keep the stories straight. That we do is a tribute to the power of Tan's theme about the miscommunication that separates one generation from another.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the most touching and moving of the year's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I would recommend it to anybody who likes movies with real and vibrant people in them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There's no ignoring the fact that The Joy Luck Club is a moving work, both a contemporary and an eternal story about the interlinked boundaries between mothers and daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Loaded with heart, filled with life and completely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pete Croatto
January 1, 2000
If you've ever had parents, then you can relate to this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The stories are often heart-wrenching and often inspirational. If this is a woman's film, it at least is miles ahead of something like Beaches.
Full Review | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4
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