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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Well mounted adaptation of best seller."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The pleasure of seeing an underrepresented group on-screen is undercut by the stereotyped approach to almost all involved."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"At the end of the press screening, Disney's publicists handed out Kleenex to the critics, an effective marketing tool but one that trivilaize the picture, relegating it to the status of a three-handkerchief women's melodrama."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"One of the most touching and moving of the year's films."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"...not only fails to give the novel cinematic stature; it denigrates the delicate beauty of the book itself."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Deserves every tear it wrenches from your eyes."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Despite strong performances by the cast of talented Asian actresses, the movie never sweeps us up in its spell."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
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