Batman: The Killing Joke Reviews

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February 6, 2019
It really felt like 2 episodes of the animated series crammed together with nothing particularly cinematic to set the animation apart.
January 10, 2019
Writers didn't know what to do with Barbara back in 1988, and they don't know now.
January 8, 2019
Talking about this film, this story, is rough. It's rough because it commands a lot of questions on multiple levels of the creative process.
October 25, 2018
Just take my advice and begin where the comic does, or the joke's on you.
May 17, 2018
A faithful retelling of the classic graphic novel, albeit with some odd decisions regarding Batman and Batgirl's relationship.
January 23, 2018
Why would you watch the K-Mart version, when you can just read it as it was meant to be?
August 1, 2017
A reason to see this movie is that it shows exactly how to not write a heroine. It shows how to fail at empowering her.
May 17, 2017
It just turns the story into The Sorrows of Young Barbara, first sexualized by Franz, then rebuffed by Batman, and finally brutalized by the Joker.
April 21, 2017
The film only has life when the Joker is onscreen and that's for only half the film.
April 19, 2017
A film that stays halfway between the apology and good intentions, failing to pay homage to the graphic novel and its controversial story. [Full review in Spanish]
January 4, 2017
Instead of what was promised, we must struggle through...a bad 90's romantic comedy masquerading as a comic book movie.
September 14, 2016
As an adaptation of DC's most iconic Batman comic, the animated movie of The Killing Joke is both slavishly accurate and very disappointing. It's also a case study in what not to do when faced with criticism of sexist source material.
August 20, 2016
These adolescent power fantasies have grown toxic, and their treatment of women reveals a pathological, deep-seated fear and loathing on the part of fans and creators.
August 16, 2016
The Killing Joke deserved to be a great, not just OK. [Full review in Spanish]
August 9, 2016
Intense, extremely violent, and sexual superhero tale.
August 2, 2016
Batman: The Killing Joke certainly has its moments, but ultimately the film adaptation of the graphic novel suffers from a completely unnecessary prologue and a main story that was rather forgettable in the first place.
July 29, 2016
The animated adaptation for The Killing Joke is a major disappointment. [Full review in Spanish]
July 27, 2016
If Azzarello wanted to make a Batgirl film, he should adapt a Batgirl comic. On second thought, maybe he shouldn't.
July 27, 2016
The prologue could be subversive in its own right - turning 'The Dark Knight' into a Sandra-Bullock rom-com - but it feels tonally jarring tacked on haphazardly to 'The Killing Joke'.
July 26, 2016
While there is plenty of brutal violence and sex to go around, along with the typically solid animation, that isn't enough to make Batman: The Killing Joke anything other than a disappointment .
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