Joker

critic Reviews

68% Fresh Tomatometer Score68%
  • 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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    Avaryl HalleyMovie Bitches
    It made me think, it made me feel, it had a powerful performance at its core.
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    Andrew GaldiMovie Bitches
    It's a good but deeply affecting movie.
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    Casey ChongCasey's Movie Mania
    You got to hand it to Joaquin Phoenix for fully inhabited his role of a loner on the verge of psychological breakdown in "Joker".
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    Andrew F. PeirceThe Curb
    For all the hype and anxiety surrounding the film, one can't help but walk away asking, all of that noise for this?
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