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2.7
1,169 Ratings

Joy

Directed by David O. Russell
United States, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs.

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Joy Directed by David O. Russell

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Golden Globes (USA)

2016 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

2016 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

A fairy tale of lean-in capitalism about a Cinderella without a prince, Joy recasts the crazy family of a Capra comedy with stellar toxicity. Joy’s (Jennifer Lawrence’s) undermining relatives are the selfish American clan par excellence, claiming to know everything about Joy’s business while undermining her future. Robert De Niro and Isabella Rossellini, playing evil-universe versions of themselves as Joy’s father and stepmother, delight in their performances as fickle scoffers.
February 25, 2016
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[After walking out 30 minutes in the first time,] I went to see Joy again two weeks later. And while I did not become less put off by the conceit of the film, I began to feel, oddly enough, that Joy shared in my consternation. Joy is a film about the pursuit of wealth and opportunity that isn’t quite sure if the story it tells should be told anymore. For our crisis-ridden times, it seeks to be — impossibly enough — both an exacting mirror and an escapist dream.
February 19, 2016
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That’s about as intriguing as Joy the movie gets before turning into a film-length advertisement for the self-empowerment of its working-class protagonist… Fortunately, Lawrence could mop the floor and it’d be interesting (which, in fact, she does). Her energy and genuineness, and ability to surprise by modulating happy and sad emotions despite her outward glow, are all impressive. But it’s still not enough to save the film, which bumps along to an abrupt, broken-backed ending.
January 04, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Joy

    An ode to motherhood, resilience, entrepreneurship & survival. Overcoming is the operative word. As over-hyped as it is, one cannot denie the acting chops of JLaw. Other than some infrequent annoyingly hysteric filmmaking moments, Joy delivers a Capraesque eerily metaphysical tale with nuance & emotional arc. A wayward prophetic mamy, a tv-junkie mother & a daydreaming daughter in a deranged hopeful fable:❤️

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Joy

    An abominable hagiography of the mother of all multi level marketing/pyramid schemes, along with the equally toxic AmWay. An obscene homage to the mythopoesis of the self-made woman who defies all hurdles that come her way and creates a plastic empire. File under "Neoliberalism 101": this is pure indoctrination.

  • Gia de Almeida's rating of the film Joy

    It's no 'Silver Linings Playbook' but it's still good. I don't like Jennifer Lawrence and I think she was perfect as Joy. It's not groundbreaking in any aspect, not in its formula, direction or acting but I can't deny there is something deeply satisfying about this film.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Joy

    I've been reading about how shapeless this film is, but also about how Lawrannce is rock solid in it. Well, the film is terribly disjointed and you get no real sense of anything remotely believable or dramatic happening. Loved the camera work but absolutely hated the editing. On top of that, Lawrance is not good, she's ok at most, which is much more than I can say about the rest of the cast.

  • Jason's rating of the film Joy

    Joy is not exactly a step forward for O. Russell, but rather a pretty winning point of coalescence. I was most fond of his earlier, more messy, outsiderish films. He seems to be pleased w/ himself for having become a populist, and has certainly garnered sufficient praise to suggest it was worth his while. Here we have something special. A supremely messy populist movie. He really excels at decentered storytelling.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Joy

    Russell delivers again a decent movie but without Lawrence it would have been less successful than it actually is. The problem with this movie is the somewhat scattershot script that leaves the viewer adrift at times. What keeps things together is Lawrence´s performance and a solid supporting cast.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Joy

    A bold and commendable effort. The blending and mirroring of TV melodrama into the characters actual lives is a brave and admirable move that doesn't hit the mark. Instead Joy feels like two different films sandwiched together with the result being surprisingly flat. At it's heart it's the individual vs the state story that on it's own is a fairly tired formula. 2.5 stars

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Joy

    The film that everybody loves to hate feels like a misunderstood one. Told in fable tones with a great heart, Joy is a very incisive and much-deserved look at the inevitability of heart-wrenching truths in the pursuit of success. Jennifer Lawrence is an inventor, a mother and a fighter, and knocks it out of the park in which is easily her best performance to date.

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