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The Joy Luck Club Reviews

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July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
January 1, 2000
It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.
January 9, 2002
Despite strong performances by the cast of talented Asian actresses, the movie never sweeps us up in its spell.
September 8, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 17, 2018
The Joy Luck Club opens up a panorama of women's worlds.
September 8, 2017
The masterful storytelling of the eight women in The Joy Luck Club, illuminated by each actress's elegant portrayal, make the film as resonating today as it did when it first hit theaters nearly eighteen years ago.
January 2, 2011
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
One of the most touching and moving of the year's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
June 29, 2002
Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters.
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
January 1, 2000
Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
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.
February 25, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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