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Joy (2015)



Critic Consensus: Joy is anchored by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, although director David O. Russell's uncertain approach to its fascinating fact-based tale only sporadically sparks bursts of the titular emotion.

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JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell's previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love. (C) Fox

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Jennifer Lawrence
as Joy, Joy Mangano
Robert De Niro
as Rudy, Rudy Mangano
Bradley Cooper
as Neil, Neil Walker
Laura Wright
as Clarinda
Donna Mills
as Priscilla
Jimmy Jean-Louis
as Louis-Touissant, Touissant
Ken Howard
as Mop Executive
Ray DeLaPaz
as Tony's Father
Melissa Rivers
as Joan Rivers
Isabella Crovetti-Cramp
as Cramp-Young Joy, Young Joy
Emily Nunez
as Young Jackie
Madison Wolfe
as Young Peggy
Aundrea Gadsby Gadsby
as Cristy 5 Years Old
Gia Gadsby
as Cristy 5 Years Old
Tomas Denson Elizondo
as Tommy 3 Years Old
Zeke Louis Elizondo
as Tommy 3 Years Old
Alexander Cook
as Bartholomew
Lori McCoy-Bell
as Bell-Angry Airline Customer
Suzanne Frazier Wilkins
as Airline Customer
Jamell Washington
as Airline Customer Service Clerk
Gary Tolchin
as Airline Supervisor
Will Lebow
as Monsignor
Pedro Martinez Campos
as College Party Band
Carlos Alberto Valencia
as College Party Band
Alvaro Benavides
as College Party Band
Edgar Pantoja Aleman
as College Party Band
Shonda Schilling
as College Party Goer
Grant Schilling
as College Party Goer
Gary Zahakos
as Divorce Mediator
Josef Boreland
as Boat Captain
Mateo Gomez
as Latin Priest
Melissa McMeekin
as Parking Lot Woman
Erica McDermott
as Parking Lot Women
Carla Antonino
as Parking Lot Women
Michele L. Egerton
as Parking Lot Women
Fiore Leo
as Angela's Brother
Steve DeMarco
as Angela's Brother
Collin Knight
as Parking Lot Officer
Barbara Feeney
as Receptionist
Damien Di Paola
as Marv Brickman
Jeremiah Kissel
as Boardroom Reps
Dale Place
as Boardroom Reps
Mitchell Rosenwald
as Boardroom Reps
Matthew Russell
as Roger from Wardrobe
Paul Herman
as Rifle Man
Christy Scott Cashman
as Sarina Kimball
Richard McElvain
as Dr. Whitten
Mark Nemeskal
as Funeral Priest
Patrick Pitu
as Eerie Fabri-Pac Guy
Ken Cheeseman
as Gerhardt
Dan Bowen
as Eerie Fabri-Pac Guy
Naheem Garcia
as Police Officer
Ray Alongi
as Police Officer
Sonny Mirabella
as Front Desk Clerk
Bill Thorpe
as Dallas Man
Sam Weisman
as Lead Diller Attorney
Jeff Avigian
as Diller Attorney
Barry Primus
as Rudy's Attorney
Eliana Adise
as Teen Cristy
Jasmine White
as Young Memphis Woman
John Enos III
as Roderick
Melissa Rosenberg
as Joan Rivers
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Critic Reviews for Joy

All Critics (274) | Top Critics (75)

Joy pursues a number of ill-fitting narrative detours that detract from the fascinating story that should be at the core of the movie. While I was rooting for the film-and for Joy herself - ultimately it felt like the film missed a key opportunity.

February 9, 2021 | Full Review…

This optimistic, often amusing story is a Lawrence show all the way as she flies the flag for feminism, entrepreneurship and family without missing a beat.

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Oh Mr. Russell, you're nothing if not predictable.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

I love the expedition that this wonderfully complex heroine is on, watching her use her intelligence to get what she wants out of life is gloriously gratifying.

August 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I am a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan -- I think she is an intuitive and smart actress -- and it's great that she's been given a part this meaty to sink her teeth into. And I get why Russell cast her... But boy oh boy, is she miscast.

June 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a messy script, even by Russell's own lax standards; characters disappear for huge swaths of the narrative, story strands don't pay off, and big emotional beats are so overcooked they smoke up the screen.

April 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Joy

Russell tries so hard to lampshade the blatant artificiality (typical of a soap opera) found in this absurd, unbelievable story (based very slightly on true events) that the result is, well, pretty hard to buy and to be engaged with, even if it is enjoyable and mostly refreshing to watch.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Neither all-wet, nor joyful, "Joy" is an interesting cinematic confection. Worthwhile, but derivative -- much like Joy's mop.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

The inventor of the Miracle Mop builds a business dynasty despite the obstruction of her family. Aside from a few gems, I've often found David O. Russell's accolades to be much ado about nothing, and what is true about most of his films is doubly true about this one. It's a disjointed story, with a ton of "tell" dialogue emphasizing just how awful Joy's family is, and the filmmaking is conspicuously absent of energy. For example, when Neil Walker is showing Joy the ropes, Bradley Cooper delivers the dialogue like he's in a trance, and the tracking shot is as static as any moving shot could be. Now imagine if Danny Boyle was directing an Aaron Sorkin script; what rapid-fire kick-assery would that have been. Also, the sound editing and direction was like the proverbial thumb in the frame. There were whole lines of dialogue that were clearly added in post - like fucking amateur hour nominated for awards. Overall, I don't understand why anybody like David O. Russell (outside of The Fighter, which is excellent).

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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