The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Stories told by four elderly Chinese women and their American-born daughters while playing mah-jongg.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.

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Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the most touching and moving of the year's films.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...not only fails to give the novel cinematic stature; it denigrates the delicate beauty of the book itself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A very long movie about 4 Chinese Women, one who is dead and the other 3 who were best friends, also stories about each one's daughters telling of events… More
Nani Vang
This is a great film that takes you into the lives of these women. Each story is different. I love it!!! Mothers and daughters...watch it together!!!
Alice Shen
Brilliant ensemble cast with seamless representation of intertwining stories. I know that as a Chinese-American, I should find these stories identifiable - and… More
Curtis Lilly
I will admit to seeing this movie in the name of "my 1000th review". This movie is about a bunch of Asian chicks that have bad relationships with… More
Candy Rose
Based on the novel by Amy Tan, about four elderly Chinese women who left China for America and their relationships with their American born daughters. Each… More
Jennifer Xu
doesn't even compare to the novel but ming-na does her best. and this movie just reaffirms my love for waverly JONG.

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