Joker

critic Reviews

69% Fresh Tomatometer Score69%
  • 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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    Steven RedgravePop Culture Leftovers
    Joker is an uncomfortable film that focuses on the beautiful cinematography and subtle dialogue to reflect on symbolic meanings and deeper thought of an individual's sanity.
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    Katie HoganShe Likes Movies
    There are several outstanding moments, a particular favourite of mine being Fleck dressed in a red suit, full make up, dancing on the stairs to THAT song...
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    Neil MorrisChatham News + Record
    Fleck is a literal amalgam of both Thalia and Melpomene, an intriguing interpretation that positions his internal tension as the source of Joker's madness.
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    Amanda GreeverThe Daily Times (Tennessee)
    It's an incredibly heavy film. It's well done, but it's heavy and leaves the viewer feeling like they've just gone 10 rounds in a heavyweight boxing match. It's mentally exhausting and desperately dark.
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    Linda CookQuad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    Grim, violent 'Joker' is no laughing matter.
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    Chris McCoyMemphis Flyer
    Where did the Joker come from? What's up with the clown schtick? Is his mom named Martha? All these questions and more are answered definitively by director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix, and it only takes two ponderous hours.
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    Paul McGuire GrimesKSTP-TV
    Joaquin Phoenix who goes all in with another full-throttle performance full of intensity. It's not entertaining or wholly original in it's approach but it comes with a phenomenal performance.
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    Violet LuccaFilm Comment Magazine
    Joker doesn't understand its representation of violence because it doesn't know what to do with its politics, opting instead for a confused aestheticization of anarchy, all incendiary chants and masked malcontents thronging the streets.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    The film owes a great deal to Joaquin Phoenix's performance as Arthur. Phoenix uses his body as a weapon, even before the transformation into the Joker.
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    Eileen JonesThe Jacobin
    Looking at Joker for a kind of microcosmic version of melodrama giving way in the end to something better, however inchoate, is absolute wishful thinking. But like I said before - it's the perfect Rorschach inkblot.
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