The Joy Luck Club Synopsis
Young Chinese-American women learn from their mothers' tales of hardship, courage, loss and hope.
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100

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
A highly emotional epic about what it means to be both Chinese and American.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Like a flowering of talent that has been waiting so long to be celebrated. It is also one of the most touching and moving of the year's...
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90

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
Wang has made a dramatically confident move into the mainstream on his own terms with highly congenial material.
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90

Washington Post

By Hal Hinson
Never has political correctness looked so sumptuously handsome as it does here, and in its perfect-pitch instinct for the cultural vibe,...
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90

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Those unfamiliar with the book will simply appreciate a stirring, many-sided fable, one that is exceptionally well told.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Hits hardest when it bypasses sentiment to ponder the inextricable mix of love and pain that comes with the ties that bind.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Pierces through your tear ducts in its ultimate path toward your heart.
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60

TV Guide

Pure melodrama, but stylishly done, with finely tuned performances played out against meticulously realized settings.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
A sumptuous two-and-a-quarter-hour emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another. What little plot there is exists only to...
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
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