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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
Steve Crum
March 2, 2008
Well mounted adaptation of best seller.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 25, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 30, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
June 5, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
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
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
December 19, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
James Hill
September 9, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| 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.
Top Critic
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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