Directed by David O. Russell, "Joy" stars Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. Is it worth your time? Here's what critics are saying.
"Joy" is a movie directed by David O. Russell, which reunites Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper after "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle."
The movie is set for a Christmas day release, and the reviews are in already. From "The Hollywood Reporter" to "The Guardian," here's what critics are saying about movie;
"Joy is joyless, and easily David O. Russell's worst film," - The Verge.
"[The movie] is loosely threaded together with slicky rendered sequences from various key developments in its subject's life: Her courtship with her sweet-natured Latin American husband, supportive advice from her close pal, feuds with her father and various legal spats." - Indiewire
"Despite another solid performance from Jennifer Lawrence, anchoring Russell's sincerely felt tribute to the power of a woman's resolve in a man's world, it's hard not to wish 'Joy' were better," Chang wrote. "That its various winsome parts added up to more than a flyweight product that still feels stuck in the development stage." - Variety
When a film runs through four credited editors, it's usually a sign that something's amiss, be it in pacing, narrative coherence, tonal control and/or balance among diverse elements. All of these issues apply here, but the combined energy, determination and talent of Russell and his actors blast through the underbrush of unlikely plotting, far-fetched coincidence and abrupt personality about-faces to keep the audience on the high road of willing disbelief that all this could be happening (it is based on a true story)," The Hollywood Reporter
"It's an interesting situation. To feel inspired by the story of a battling entrepreneurial underdog, audiences have to be assured and reassured from the outset as to the story's reality." - The Guardian.
'Joy' also stars Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Elisabeth Röhm.
'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."
'Joy' opens in cinemas on December 25, 2015.