The People's Joker

critic Reviews

, 95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The People's Joker uses classic characters in impressively inventive ways, working within a familiar framework to tell an invigorating story of self-acceptance.
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    Drew is an intriguing artist, but The People’s Joker is most interesting as a legal case study.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    “The People’s Joker,” directed by Vera Drew, is the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen—because, unlike studio-produced films in the genre, it responds to the filmmaker’s deep personal concerns.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    [The] protagonist’s honesty is refreshingly euphoric, and this allows the laughs her cartoonish antics generate to make a lasting impression that many viewers — Gay, straight, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, whatever — are going to treasure forever.
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    William BibbianiTheWrap
    It’s filtering Vera Drew’s autobiographical story through the lens of contemporary popular culture, transforming her own life into myth while transforming corporatized IP into punk rock anarchy.
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    Clint WorthingtonRogerEbert.com
    It’s a garish, anarchic gumbo that works because of, not despite, its messiness.
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    Katie RifePolygon
    It makes sense that Vera, a passionate fan of the Bat-verse, would use the Joker’s character and lore to tell the story of her own transformation from a failed improv comedian into a gloriously unhinged trans agent of comedic chaos.
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    Monique JonesCommon Sense Media
    This comic superhero reimagining uses its intentionally low-budget feel and guerilla theater/DIY techniques to fight back against mainstream messaging about a marginalized group.
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    David ReddishWealth of Geeks
    Taken on its own terms, The People’s Joker represents a gobsmacking act of artistic determination. The heck with pseudo-intellectual lauds and Oscar wins—this is the movie Todd Phillips and his defenders thought he made in Joker.
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    Sara ClementsPajiba
    The People’s Joker not only creates one of the most unique autobiographical stories of all time but also one of the most unique comic book movies.
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    Holly HazelwoodSpectrum Culture
    Movies this daring in their vision don’t come along very often, and it’s all the more impressive that it was made by a first-time director working with a shoestring budget during the pandemic.

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