QUESTION OF THE DAY: Have You Seen ‘Joy’ Yet? What’s Your Review?

Have you seen ‘Joy’ yet?  What’s your review?

Joy, the Jennifer Lawrence-led, David O. Russell-directed movie which filmed some of its scenes in Wilmington last winter, premiered in theaters nationwide last Friday.

The biopic of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano has been receiving mixed reviews from audiences and critics.

  • Joy has a 58% (out of 100%) “fresh” rating from both audiences and critics on the popular movie review site, Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gives the film three out of four stars: “It’s not in the same league as “Playbook” or “Hustle,” but thanks to some memorable set pieces and the best performance by Jennifer Lawrence since her breakout role in “Winter’s Bone,” the sometimes-bumpy journey is worth your investment.”
  • Ty Burr of the Boston Globe gives the film 2.5 out of four stars: “There’s about 30 minutes in the middle of “Joy” where the movie finally and fully lives up to its title. The rest is, for better and for worse, a David O. Russell family reunion, as noisy and fractious as “The Fighter,” “American Hustle,” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” only with less reason to be so.”
  • Brian Truitt of USA Today gives the film two out of four stars: “There’s a Miracle Mop at the heart of Joy, though the movie is such a mess that even it would have a hard time cleaning up.”

Despite the so-so reviews, Joy – which shot several scenes in a home on Federal Street and on a sound stage in a warehouse on Industrial Way — managed to receive two Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture (Comdy) and Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture (Comedy) for Lawrence.

Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 14.

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