Joker

Critics Consensus

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 (537) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (370) | Rotten (167)

Audience Reviews for Joker

  • Dec 18, 2019
    Joker has never more lived in a society than he does in Joker.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2019
    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
  • Dec 10, 2019
    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

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