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The Joy Luck Club Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
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
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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.
Stephen Farber
Movieline
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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Entertainment Weekly
September 8, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 29, 2002
Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters.
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
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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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 25, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 5, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 30, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 2, 2008
Well mounted adaptation of best seller.
| Original Score: 4/5
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