Joy

Joy

Joy

Writer-director David O. Russell reteams with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro (after 2012's Silver Linings Playbook and 2013's American Hustle) for this comedic biopic, based on the life of Joy Mangano – inventor and founder of a family business dynasty that has raked in over $1 billion in sales.

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy (Lawremce) at the 2016 Golden Globes
2015Rating: M, Offensive language124 minsUSA
ComedyDramaTrue Story & Biography
86%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

It’s hard not to wish Joy were better...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Lawrence is gritty, real and totally genuine. And, after ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Carol’, here’s another film that passes the Bechdel Test for proper female characters with flying colours.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

The ringmaster of The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle seems to have mellowed a little, which means fewer outright belly laughs, but a more layered and involving emotional landscape.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An intriguing but weirdly subdued and stylised film.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Keeps firing on all cylinders in the manner of the writer-director's previous few outings.

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

There is a lot of story to be covered throughout Joy. And being a story that is principally concerned with making sales, the film owes everything to Lawrence's proven ability to seal a deal when the acting chips are down.

3.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Devoid of special effects, but supercharged through the wit of its writing, the richness of its characterisation, and the evangelical profundity of its subtext, this film about one truly amazing woman rates as an eye-popping, breathtaking achievement.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Another dazzling Jennifer Lawrence performance anchors a blue-collar parable that boasts some inspired moments but never quite gels.

3.0
0

If you think (and you should!) that women aren't represented strongly in cinema, then Joy is the film for you. Jennifer Lawrence plays strong female lead in this story about a woman's drive to invent, create, and win. David O'Russell's starting team of Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro are back in this films arc of one woman's success against the...

4.0
0

Jennifer Lawrence brings home the bacon on this (real life) story of the American Dream in action. This has to be the best movie I've seen all year.

5.0
0

Joy is so frustratingly languid. It's as though everyone was directed to speak and move as if through syrup. Jennifer Lawrence is forever amazing though. Her performance proved that we'll all wait with baited breath to watch her blink.

3.0
0

I get the feeling Joy's sister and Dad and friend might have a different story and I thought the almost reverential narration from her grandmother was a little OTT but if you run a business or you've ever tried to then you'll relate to this movie. I enjoyed it, it was told in a quirky way and the acting and character roles were highly entertaining.

4.0
0

lost me in a few places but not a bad flick.

3.0
0

Joy is my least favourite of the 'David O. Russell' trilogy but is not necessarily a bad film. Joy just couldn't really decide what it wanted to be, it starts out as a family dramedy but slowly evolves into a darker drama that lacks the entertainment value of the first 1/3. Jennifer Lawrence is phenomenal however and will undoubtedly receive some oscar...

3.0
0

I do rather enjoy David O Russell's films (I'm one of the few people in the world who liked "I Heart Huckabees"), but they can be hit and miss - and this film is leaning slightly toward the latter. No issues with the execution - it's beautifully shot, well acted and directed, and I always love Russell's more surreal touches - but overall, I found the film...

3.0
0

Take away the cast of JOY and you’d have a pancake minus the syrup, fruit and cream – a pretty bland concoction. Surprising, because this is directed by David O. Russell. I loved Three Kings and The Fighter, enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook, and even got into American Hustle on the second viewing. Solid movies all, with great casts. In Joy, Russell reunites...

3.0
0

Joy stands in stark distance from the fanfare surrounding O'Russels previous three films. Whilst American Hustle and Silver Liners Playbook boasted sharp dialogue and a naturalism amongst the cast, Joy seems more interested in complying with it's informercial roots. Jennifer Lawrence does a fantastic job as Joy, but the characterisation can't seem to...

0

A movie that could have been an interesting and uplifting story is instead a banal and often plain boring journey of Joy, as she works her way to the top of 1980's infomercial TV and a massive fortune. Not even the great cast and hefty budget can save this movie from it's weak script and poor direction. At times you wonder when the story is going to take...

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

It’s hard not to wish Joy were better...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Lawrence is gritty, real and totally genuine. And, after ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Carol’, here’s another film that passes the Bechdel Test for proper female characters with flying colours.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

The ringmaster of The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle seems to have mellowed a little, which means fewer outright belly laughs, but a more layered and involving emotional landscape.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An intriguing but weirdly subdued and stylised film.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Keeps firing on all cylinders in the manner of the writer-director's previous few outings.

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

There is a lot of story to be covered throughout Joy. And being a story that is principally concerned with making sales, the film owes everything to Lawrence's proven ability to seal a deal when the acting chips are down.

3.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Devoid of special effects, but supercharged through the wit of its writing, the richness of its characterisation, and the evangelical profundity of its subtext, this film about one truly amazing woman rates as an eye-popping, breathtaking achievement.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Another dazzling Jennifer Lawrence performance anchors a blue-collar parable that boasts some inspired moments but never quite gels.

3.0
0

If you think (and you should!) that women aren't represented strongly in cinema, then Joy is the film for you. Jennifer Lawrence plays strong female lead in this story about a woman's drive to invent, create, and win. David O'Russell's starting team of Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro are back in this films arc of one woman's success against...

4.0
0

Jennifer Lawrence brings home the bacon on this (real life) story of the American Dream in action. This has to be the best movie I've seen all year.

5.0
0

Joy is so frustratingly languid. It's as though everyone was directed to speak and move as if through syrup. Jennifer Lawrence is forever amazing though. Her performance proved that we'll all wait with baited breath to watch her blink.

3.0
0

I get the feeling Joy's sister and Dad and friend might have a different story and I thought the almost reverential narration from her grandmother was a little OTT but if you run a business or you've ever tried to then you'll relate to this movie. I enjoyed it, it was told in a quirky way and the acting and character roles were highly entertaining.

4.0
0

lost me in a few places but not a bad flick.

3.0
0

Joy is my least favourite of the 'David O. Russell' trilogy but is not necessarily a bad film. Joy just couldn't really decide what it wanted to be, it starts out as a family dramedy but slowly evolves into a darker drama that lacks the entertainment value of the first 1/3. Jennifer Lawrence is phenomenal however and will undoubtedly receive some oscar...

3.0
0

I do rather enjoy David O Russell's films (I'm one of the few people in the world who liked "I Heart Huckabees"), but they can be hit and miss - and this film is leaning slightly toward the latter. No issues with the execution - it's beautifully shot, well acted and directed, and I always love Russell's more surreal touches - but overall, I found the...

3.0
0

Take away the cast of JOY and you’d have a pancake minus the syrup, fruit and cream – a pretty bland concoction. Surprising, because this is directed by David O. Russell. I loved Three Kings and The Fighter, enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook, and even got into American Hustle on the second viewing. Solid movies all, with great casts. In Joy, Russell...

3.0
0

Joy stands in stark distance from the fanfare surrounding O'Russels previous three films. Whilst American Hustle and Silver Liners Playbook boasted sharp dialogue and a naturalism amongst the cast, Joy seems more interested in complying with it's informercial roots. Jennifer Lawrence does a fantastic job as Joy, but the characterisation can't seem to...

0

A movie that could have been an interesting and uplifting story is instead a banal and often plain boring journey of Joy, as she works her way to the top of 1980's infomercial TV and a massive fortune. Not even the great cast and hefty budget can save this movie from it's weak script and poor direction. At times you wonder when the story is going to take...

1.0
0