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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    Luis BondA Simple Vista
    Joker is dark, dense, violent, and monstrous. A descent into Hades that is unlike anything we've seen on screen that's inspired by a comic [Full review in Spanish]
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    Adam LubitowRochester City Newspaper
    Has nothing to say about the issues it raises, so they come across like mere window dressing to what's in the end a fairly conventional comic book supervillain origin story.
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    Doug WalkerChannel Awesome
    Well I just saw the feel-good movie of the year. Yikes!
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    I have no doubt for a second that Phoenix's performance is one of the most complex of the year. [Full review in Spanish]
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