Joker

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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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"Joker" centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham's fracturedsociety. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night...but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
as Arthur Fleck / Joker
Robert De Niro
as Murray Franklin
Zazie Beetz
as Sophie Dumond
Brett Cullen
as Thomas Wayne
Douglas Hodge
as Alfred Pennyworth
Josh Pais
as Hoyt Vaughn
Jolie Chan
as Street Worker
Mary Kate Malat
as Murray Franklin Intern
Dante Pereira-Olson
as Young Bruce Wayne
Sharon Washington
as Social Worker
Elizabeth Bluhm
as Protestor
David Iacono
as Flirting Man On Bus
Chuck Taber
as Delivery Man
Adrienne Lovette
as Middle Aged Woman
Tony D. Head
as WGC News Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Joker

All Critics (523) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (360) | Rotten (163)

  • A movie that borders on genius-repellant, dark, terrifying, disgusting, brilliant and unforgettable.

    Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • 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.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • While it succeeds in aping the superficial aspects of [Martin] Scorsese's style, "Joker" lacks the intelligence or gravitas of Scorsese's best work.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie of a cynicism so vast and pervasive as to render the viewing experience even emptier than its slapdash aesthetic does.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Bleak and juvenile

    Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If you're feeling insufficiently anxious in your life, "Joker" could be just the ticket. If not, look elsewhere to be entertained.

    Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Joker

  • 4d ago
    Kept putting off seeing "Joker" - the fanboy hype and the purported violence, but after seeing the accolades being thrown Joaquin Phoenix's way I gave in and glad I did. All my thoughts are positive thoughts about this movie. His performance is riveting and his cackling laugh and facial expressions are deeply haunting. "Joker" reminded me of another favorite film of mine- "God Bless America." Arthur Fleck could easily be Frank Murdoch's long lost son. Great soundtrack as well. Why so serious indeed! (12-11-19)
    John C Super Reviewer
  • 6d ago
    Phoenix carries this film, and is probably among the only actors who can play this role as a lead. The screenplay is odd, and how it fits into the, or any DCU, is up for debate given Joker's background and relationship with Bruce Wayne. As a stand-alone film, however, it's a decent film with a great performance.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2019
    Absolutely pulverizing. And then there's also Joaquin Phoenix's performance. What happens to a soul constantly maligned, constantly lied to, and where even an embrace is a lie? This warning shot over the head of Western civilization is about a society that never gets a break, and loaded with more cultural references that you can shake a stick at. I didn't want to see it because I thought it would be disturbing. I was not disappointed. It is. But in a good way. Good stuff, and the best performance I've seen on film since Precious.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2019
    A brilliant film. I was, frankly, surprised by the divisive reviews. I am not sure if people were caught off guard because this was "supposed" to be a comic book movie. The previews evoke, in the most obvious ways, the inspiration of the story. It is not Batman, it is Taxi Driver and the King of Comedy. This is a character study that I, respectfully, think it is not supposed to be grand social commentary. It is blunt, raw and real. It is roughly two hours of watching one of the big screen's finest actors showcase his abilities. I suspect the one universal for this film is that it is maybe not exactly what you expected, but it stands out as a triumph. The performance is this film's centerpiece without a doubt. A man who is different by a stroke of bad fortune both biological and largely social. The system does not really hate him for it, but it doesn't care for him. This is established in a matter of fact way. The world is broken. The narrative works because its all the character needs. I am not sure more is expected. Gotham is not some distance far away it's the heart of urban America right now, against the gritty backdrop of yesterday. I think this is the brilliance of the movie. You parachute into a world you already know and watch the fierce reality of how it breaks people. No one in this movie gets your sympathy. Everyone simply gets what they deserve.
    Shane S Super Reviewer

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