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And for a film about dormant potential, that seems almost poetically apt, though ultimately unsatisfying.
Its obviously a star vehicle for Lawrence, but if anyone deserves a vehicle, she does.
Joy finds its rhythm when the desperate Joy becomes the on air salesperson for her own invention, managing to exploit the brand of capitalism that pre ..
First, Russell ratchets up the familial dysfunction here to a hilarious (and sometimes painful) degree.
She cant save a turkey though; in a season rich with cinematic optionsStar Wars, Sisters, The Revenantthis is not the joy youre looking for.C
But the meandering, over long script is all over the place, and Russells jazzy genius which lofted previous films feels a bit like a shortcut here.Joy ..
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David O. Russells film is an incredible, rags to riches tale that salutes the triumph of unflinching human spirit.
In David O. Russells latest collaboration with Jennifer Lawrence, Joy, there is adversity galore, and there is triumph, but the film lets down its aud ..
But Russell deserves credit for trying to locate the epic, feminist drama in this dream fulfilling story of empowerment.
But Lawrence is gritty, real and totally genuine.And, after Brooklyn and Carol, heres another film that passes the Bechdel Test for proper female char ..
If Lawrence carries on like this, Angelina Jolies projected new Cleopatra movie will have to be recast.
It is a deliberate unreality; the experience may well have felt illusory to Joy at the time.
You wont be bored but Russell never convinces you that this mop makers story is worth getting in a lather about.
Joy is a decent biographical drama anchored by Jennifer Lawrences performance, but fails to realize its greater ambitions.
Accolade friendly or not, the director of Joy doesnt sell the Edna Ferber esque heights and depths of Joys journey without putting the enterprise thro ..
The result is a peculiar, disturbing movie, somewhere between a drama without impact and a feel bad comedy.
(If this doesnt seem like a life changing idea, you havent watched Joy sell it.
(If this doesnt seem like a life changing idea, you havent watched Joy sell it.
Easily the most enjoyable chapter in a jerkily episodic tale, Joys baptism into the art of TV shilling is both horribly awkward and hugely watchable.
Something tells me both Russell and Lawrence realize that they could have created something wonderful this time out if they stepped back, let it breat ..
The story is ultimately empty because nothing is at stake. A woman invented a mop. She made millions with it. She became a Home Shopping Network star. ..
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Such toil makes for a film that feels exhausted when it should be at its most exhilarating.
But here the emotional landscape is lumpier, and the mood less straightforwardly comic.
The story is quirky and offbeat but the dialogue and acting set Joy up as an engaging late year repast.
Joy is a far more ambitious film than the standard biopic, but its flaws are frustrating.
A kind of fractured fairy tale with a feminist ethic, Joy is a great story, great fun.
While JOY is nonetheless entertaining, it feels like an exercise in style over substance and for all Russells effort to give this a Scorsese like epic ..
The two hours drift by, some scenes protracted and others rushed but none legitimately engaging.
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If the title American Hustle werent already applied to another David O. Russell movie, it could easily work for Joy, which plays like the less memorab ..
Perhaps people who make gazillions selling housewares on The Shopping Channel deserve to be honoured; if they do, Joy is not a fitting tribute to Mang ..
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Cooper and Lawrence dont have quite the same chemistry as they had in Russells brilliant Silver Linings Playbook like their characters, its a more wor ..
Joy is all forced smilesit feels like an album made by a band that should have broken up years ago, just a rambling and incoherent series of unmotivat ..
For sheer wackiness and functional dysfunctionalism, the family in the venerable farce You Cant Take It With You is given a good run for its money by ..
Nevertheless, the film works well enough overall to recommend it.
The real problem is that Russell doesnt give us any characters worth following for two hours; for the most part, these people essentially act as mouth ..
As it is, its a meandering two hours punctuated by upbeat moments but not nearly enough joy.
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But after these high points, Joy does not go from strength to strength; it sinks into a morass of a different kind, as its protagonist faces so many i ..
Joy must fail over and over again with increasingly detrimental results.
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Alas, while Lawrence is as good as ever and the film has its share of entertaining moments, the overall pic isnt anywhere as good as I was hoping for ..
Lawrence shines through as a rare female inventor and entrepreneur, and the result is entertaining, although the stakes are rather low.
But this is why Jennifer Lawrence is around, delivering a mature and deeply felt performance as Joy, helping Russell achieve a grander sense of life i ..
But the disorder found in Joy is a reflection not of any quicksilver dynamics among the actors but of the odd tonal shifts in the film itself.
Id give it a shot.The invigorating talent of the man behind The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle still shines, even in this uneven ..
Joy is propelled by the energetic full throttle power of Jennifer Lawrences performance and the clever comic sequences orchestrated by director David ..
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And if Joy seems to move toward a foreordained conclusion, it zigzags and covers its tracks along the way, sending its heroine on a roller coaster rid ..
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Fact and fiction mix with uneven but entertaining results in the latest from the Silver Linings Playbook crew.
The movie occasionally loses focus in the storytelling amidst all of the hyper kinetic filmmaking.
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Joy is a fun but untidy muddle, a mess that even the self wringing mop of its central metaphor cant easily clean up.
Joy is the best film you will ever see about the manufacture of mops.
I wouldnt call this a complete dud, but its the least engaging David O. Russell feature Ive seen, rehashing the sort of family backbiting he explored ..
As we follow Joys frustrating journey, the dependably wonderful Lawrence delivers each scene like a champ. She portrays every feeling written into the ..
The journey is a remarkable tale on its own, but the sharp writing and quirky execution of director David O. Russell give the material an elevated lev ..
But at a certain point, Joys grand ambitions and feminist underpinnings cant disguise the essential lack of dramatic purpose or direction at the movie ..
As the plots made bold shifts in tone and the characters uttered stylized yet thoroughly quotable dialogue, audiences often held their breath to see i ..
Russell isnt wrong about Lawrence and Cooper: its only when they are paired up here that the movie comes alive.But theyre not paired up onscreen anywh ..
Its the fable like elements, story perspective and ending that lets it down.
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Rich with enchantment and fuelled by female determination, this story of the travails of an ordinary heroine is as delightful as its title suggests.
It goes without saying that Jennifer Lawrences performance makes the film worth watching.
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But this latest collaboration winds up as soggy as a Miracle Mop that hasnt been wrung out.
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An old fashioned star vehicle for Russells muse Jennifer Lawrence, Joy is also a giftwrapped bundle of insanity, packed with noisy arguments, lurches ..
Bradley Cooper delivers a movie star performance.But even his movie star performance cant save the film.
The occasional use of dream sequences and flashbacks, particularly to Joys courtship and marriage, are jarring. But Russell draws out expert performan ..
As Joy, Lawrence is at the center of this story, and manages to carry it without much help.
Her decisive portrait of female empowerment cuts through narrative bloat and fussy direction as if they were so much waxy buildup.
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But despite Lawrences best efforts and she really works hard at it Joy doesnt rise to the level of the previous films.Inspired by the story of the wom ..
I dont think Id change a thing. Its the offhand, shambling, messy, sketchy quality that makes Joy such a special little movie. Its a movie I think tim ..
But not every filmmaker to actor valentine, heartfelt though it may be, is something the outside world needs to see.
Like Silver Linings Playbook, Joy offers up interpersonal dysfunction and mental instability as quirky humor, and Russells cast runs with it, creating ..
But one plot gap is hard to take.And some scenes make your own heart ache.
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Scripted as a biopic by director David O. Russell and Annie Mumolo, the story is awkwardly told and unevenly paced.As a result, the precarious turmoil ..
Joy is certainly not a terrible movie by Hollywood standards, and lots of viewers will enjoy it just fine.
What should be a timely picture about the fragility of the American Dream, the struggles of innovation, or even something as broad as daring women is ..
Another film that is much better than you have heard, Joy tells the quirky, comic tale of its real life producer Joy Mangano, creator of the Miracle M ..
Its a fascinating story but, as a film, lacks focus and momentum, playing more like a creative experiment than a finished product.
It may be more than 50 years old but this still feels modern and playful in its love of cinema and as a portrait of a crumbling marriage.
(A lot of plot points feel like this in Joy, things just disappear.I suspect theres a much longer edit of this movie somewhere.)
In the end, Joy is more slender and inconsequential than Russell probably intends it to beit wears its ideas rather than embodying them.
Russells portrait of Joy stints on intimacy, but her self realization in response to crises is thrilling.
The movie celebrates Manganos business smarts and her eye for an invention, but its most subversive notion is that home shopping is both a communion o ..
A biopic with no narrative purpose The film is at least slyly subversive when it comes to critiquing capitalism.
Audiences may buy it anyway; Lawrences extraordinary ease and skill never hurt.
There is definitely a need for such films but Joy is not one of them.
Joy is never boring, but its meandering nature leaves us feeling curiously unmoved.
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Lawrence ably carries Russells first film with an everywoman protagonist at its center who is not crazy.
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But what it lacks in narrative strength, it makes up for with heart, sincerity and deeply felt passion.
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His latest unfortunately still suffers in telling an engaging, clean tale, but its not a case of style over substance.
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It is less sentimental than the compromised Silver Linings Playbook.
This picture proves that a great cast a great movie does not necessarily make.
Like all of David O. Russells films from the past decade, Joy is a bit of a mess.But this ones self cleaning!
Russell works up some brilliantly funny scenes of extreme family resentment out of this mess.
Joy is engaging, compelling, funny, heartbreaking, and wildly entertaining.
Still, as wildly disjointed and frustrating Joy is to watch, the experience is at times mildly inspirational.
A basically sweet but feckless loser.Even dreamily eyed Bradley Cooper, as a mostly nice shopping channel innovator, hangs her out to dry.
Joy is not the best movie Russell and Lawrence have made together.
Thick with potential and irony, and could make for a tremendous film. When Joy embraces that side of itself, it almost gets there. When it doesnt, wel ..
And the steely Joy keeps beating them down.Unlike Russells other recent films, this one as delicious as the ensemble is is full on focused on one char ..
But overall if feels like a high concept approach to a very regular concept story and doesnt land a lot of the time.
In QVC terms: Joy looks neat, sounds too good to be true, and often is.
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It so lacks drive that even star Jennifer Lawrence cant figure out how and where to pitch her performance.Joy Mangano (Lawrence) was always a creative ..
Endings have never been Russells strong suit. This time the beginning also eluded him, and the middle fell into his lap. Joy leaves a feeling of panic ..
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Russells style is divisive, love it or loathe it, and many viewers might just wish he trusted in his heroines remarkable story rather than dress it up ..
You keep waiting for Russell to adopt the quirkier perspective hes brought to earlier movies, but it feels like he cant decide whether its safe to pok ..
Slick and entertaining, Joy is just a little too slight for this much Oscar worthy talent.
I respond to its themes, adore many of its central ideas, while certain passages, especially from the superb middle section, have me grinning ear to e ..
Skirting between uplifting true story to screwball comedy by way of gritty drama, think of Joy as a noble failure although Lawrence is a good bet for ..
Gritty, restrained and genuine, she gives this offbeat take on the American Dream some much needed heart and soul.Joy is worth seeing for Lawrence alo ..
It turns out that Joys greatest invention isnt the mop, but herself.
Lawrence makes it watchable, and often charming. Shes in every scene and, through sheer force of will and talent, she pulls you through. I feel Russel ..
Where the film really does leave its mark in a lasting fashion is whenever it sticks to showing us how Joy made it as a single woman in a mans world.
Diane Ladd, who narrates in her honeyed drawl, elevates the scenario as Joys encouraging grandmother, but as female empowerment pictures go, Joy is a ..
Its such a quirky movie that its destined to divide audiences, but theres magic in Russells loose, inventive filmmaking style.
Russell makes weird and frenetic movies that arent to everyones taste.
The true joy in this movie is another standout performance from Lawrence and its definitely worth watching for that alone, however the story of the Mi ..
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Joy is a film about lifes defiance of expectations. It defies them right back.
Take it from someone who thought director David O. Russell extracted an exhilarating and heartfelt zaniness from Jennifer Lawrence when they worked to ..
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Alternately frustrating and disappointing, the film touts its true story roots.
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Its based on the real life story of Joy Mangano, inventor of the self wringing Miracle Mop, and not the least of the films accomplishments is the way ..
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Its inspiring if nothing else.Youll grow to hate many of the supporting characters but thats also a good thing.
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Brash, magical, enthralling and more than a tad flustering, Joy is a biopic that deserves more praise.
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The third act feels like Biopic Bingo and the finale cant elevate Joy into Important Story territory of economic American exceptionalism for which Rus ..
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But something rings false in Joy..It could be Lawrence is simply too young to play the part.
Writer director David O. Russell serves notice that there have always been multi generational stories of strong women who figure out how to make their ..
Its not a lost cause (theres too much good in the movies second hour) but it flirts early and often with disaster, ending up one of the years sloppies ..
The Miracle Mop is about as mundane a domestic tool as you can get, but David O. Russell turns its story into an exhilarating mix of goofball business ..
But it has a real anchor in Lawrence, who manages to be both charismatic and more or less sane not just another nut.
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So, in a way, Joy is a perfect New Years Day film; its all about life changing resolutions and sticking with something in the face of massive adversit ..
Lawrence is her usual sparky self, confident and assured, though Joy never feels like its her true moment of triumph.
Its a messy script, even by Russells own lax standards; characters disappear for huge swaths of the narrative, story strands dont pay off, and big emo ..
Fortunately, Joy is the former.Its a feel good confection that, thanks to Russells whims, feels good in a different way than it normally would.
Instead, its a bald and clumsy fairy tale about a good girl, some bad people, and a mop.Even the mops story deserved better.
Once removed from the QVC network, Russells movie feels forced, contrived and lacks the narrative drive of his earlier works Playbook, The Fighter and ..
There is an element of uplift here, of Russell idealising his characters that is not present in Hustle or Playbook.This makes this picture the weakest ..
Joy: Jennifer Lawrence plays a mop mogul in a film that never quite fulfills its promise.
Its brave for a director to stage a movie and each and every performance therein with dream like placidity, keeping the audience at arms length at all ..
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Russell has rolled out an old fashioned womens picture with brand new upholstery.
While Joy isnt a smooth ride, it is an interesting one, taking us to some unexpected places while giving us an entertaining portrait of a female entre ..
Its really hard to tell whether Russell intends to tell a straight up inspirational poor girl made good narrative or to spin the whole thing for satir ..
Her energy and genuineness, and ability to surprise by modulating happy and sad emotions despite her outward glow, are all impressive.
The story predictably foretells Joys success as a triumphant businesswoman with multiple other invention ideas under her belt.
Russell cant decide what kind of movie this is, and neither can his actors.
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Jennifer Lawrence is one of the more enjoyable parts of the film.
In a time when it is most needed, the aptly titled Joy makes you feel good about life and its possibilities.
Joy is like a recipe you taste but arent sure if you left something out or put too much of something else in.
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I wish Russell had devoted that time to fleshing out the major characters.Joy Manganos life has been a singular and fascinating one.
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Joy is perfectly breezy holiday fare, with a heroine worth rooting for and a warmness for the history its depicting.
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The climax is nice, but feels unearned given the jerky narrative trip weve taken to get to it.
Whilst neither a masterpiece nor a misfire, its a pleasure to see a biopic thats not afraid to break the mould.
The story is not so much about the invention of a mop as a heart warming tale of a long suffering womans journey from a life of Cinderella like drudge ..
At least director of photgraphy Linus Sandgrens many close ups of Lawrences sculpted face avoid sexually objectifying her; the camera reaches in to sc ..
Its unconventional approach to telling a relatively straightforward story carries a large amount of Joys appeal.
That is appropriate for a film that does not want to just give us a routine cradle to the grave biopic.
It may boast a star studded cast, but Joy thrives mainly because of Lawrences performance.
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If you want your kids to be super rich, you clearly have to raise them to be sociopaths.
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And Russells annoying penchant for humor is even more so here thus proving neither the filmmaker nor the star have a genuine appreciation for the narr ..
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Two years after Jennifer Lawrence appeared in David O. Russells American Hustle, she gets to show some.
The pile on of pitiful reversals is bitter to bite into for at least the first hour, annoying in repetition, and the fact that Lawrence is again notab ..
New City Film
Joy features a first rate cast playing disposable and generic characters.
Jennifer Lawrence teams up again with director David O Russell for Joy, an off kilter comic biopic of Joy Mangano, the homespun inventor of the Miracl ..
In telling this one story though, Russell has crafted a stirring portrait of the American dream.
The titular characters real life counterpart changed the face of American innovation. Her cinematic portrayal a very fictionalized biopic doesnt.
Even though David O. Russells latest project is not completely without its faults and flaws, Joy co scripted by O. Russell and Annie Mumolo offers jus ..
The finale is glorious, both musically and in the way the drama is resolved.
For the all the uplifting and inspirational moments of Joys determination portrayed throughout the film, theres an overwhelming sense of emptiness tha ..
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Plus Russells Scorsese influenced style of swooping cameras and fast talking characters keep the ball rolling every minute.The challenge for Russell ( ..
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But even Russell seems a bit half hearted about the characters in his latest film, based on the true story of Joy Mangano, the housewife, entrepreneur ..
Throughout, youre never really given the chance to figure out what makes Joy tick.
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Joy emerges as a flawed but watchable American Dream saga, a trope one hopes will never wear out its welcome.
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Russell manages to put his stamp on what might otherwise be a conventional biopic and Lawrence makes Joy another of Russells great fighters, rolling w ..
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Lawrence gives a characteristically strong willed performance that inspires empathy for Joy and her plight, even though it sometimes feels as if somet ..
But what the film truly reveals is something else entirely: how Jennifer Lawrence can elevate any material, any time, even middle of the pack fare lik ..
O. Russells reach hasnt extended further than a standard archetype or clenched a unique narrative line.
But even given Lawrences vast talents, is the invention of the Miracle Mop as worthy a fact based feature as The Fighter and American Hustle.Its all a ..
If Joy is not quite up to Russells recent instant classics Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, he still manages to take the raw ingredients o ..
This time it not only saps Joys energy it also saps the entertainment aspects of the movie.
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And while based on some sort of fact, this family saga/character drama often feels like The Godfather (but with less crime and violence), features hea ..
I prefer the mess of Joys first half, and thats where Russell and his fine cast including Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Diane Ladd, dgar Ramrez, Isa ..
Joy is a flawed movie mainly because Russell cannot create a consistent tone. The film flip flops between drama, comedy, farce and fantasy.
Joy doesnt have the coherent madness of those tales of modern American angst; actually, its a kind of a mess.
And from here on out, the movie is mostly smooth sailing, mostly: it moves at a crisper clip, and Joy becomes more than a series of variations of Im p ..
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Her screen naturalness and accessibility brings out a different kind of joy in the viewer.Joy is indeed joyous, but, just like the recent Pixar animat ..
It feels like Russell and Annie Mumolo, with whom he shares the story credit, never quite cracked Joys personal journey to the point where it would be ..
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And the scenes at QVC provide the movies best moments Lawrence once again has superb on camera chemistry with Bradley Cooper.
Its laissez faire in cheap white gold jewelry; an Old Hollywood knock off with more personality than the real thing.
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Joy is inspired by a true story but doesnt feel rich with the detail of real life.Its simultaneously cynical and hopeful, rarely bridging the gap and ..
And I get why Russell cast hershes an old soul in many ways, clearly wise and empathic beyond her years.
Her tale is a sort of Cinderella story, and the movie itself is one hot mess, a jagged sloppy thing that mixes over the top comedy and near tragedy ha ..
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And indeed, Lawrence is rock solid shoulders.Since her breakthrough film (2010s Winters Bone) the actor has excelled at balancing quiet dignity with s ..
But its still a solid effort worth seeing.Just get past the bad beginning.
Best are scenes when Lawrences plain spoken bad assery busts through this feminine product colored maelstrom.
The films turbulence might be meant to reflect the messiness of Life Itself, but the result is as phony as the stains meticulously daubed onto Lawrenc ..
Joy feels joyful; it is joyful; it is dreamlike and completely trivial;
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