Joker

critic Reviews

, 68% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star -- and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.
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    Ben SachsChicago Reader
    Joaquin Phoenix, in another outstanding performance.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    A movie that borders on genius-repellant, dark, terrifying, disgusting, brilliant and unforgettable.
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    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    If there is a meaningful difference between performing and acting, Joaquin Phoenix surely exemplifies the former here, creepily contorting as the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips' timely, toxic take on the Making of a Murdering Madman.
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    Matthew RozsaSalon.com
    While it succeeds in aping the superficial aspects of [Martin] Scorsese's style, "Joker" lacks the intelligence or gravitas of Scorsese's best work.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    A movie of a cynicism so vast and pervasive as to render the viewing experience even emptier than its slapdash aesthetic does.
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    Jordan HoffmanGuardian
    Bleak and juvenile
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    James HantonOuttake Mag
    The curveballs that Joker will throw at you stay in your head for hours afterwards, as does the haunting collapse of its protagonist.
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    Bill NewcottThe Saturday Evening Post
    It all reminds me of a Goth teenager: He dresses in black, circles his eyes with mascara and mopes around in his room, all the time with no idea what he's so depressed about.
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    Don't expect a Marvel action flick for kids. This is a gritty character study, one where fans and critics can all agree on one thing: Joaquin Phoenix could laugh all the way to the Oscars.
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    Saibal ChatterjeeNDTV
    Undeniably compelling.
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