Joker Reviews

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November 21, 2019
The equal of Phoenix's villain: a nasty, masochistic piece of work possessed by the notion the world must heed its lone-wolf howl, even though it has nothing to say once given the platform.
November 19, 2019
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.
November 10, 2019
it is over before it begins because there is no other possible outcome than what we eventually arrive at, and Phillips and Silver don't give us an interesting enough trajectory to make up for that loss
November 9, 2019
If Arthur Fleck reflects the same cultural alienation that creates mass shooters and serial killers, the movie cuts away too often to establish a cogent argument.
November 8, 2019
Todd Phillips can dump two cups of Taxi Driver into a bowl and slop in a cup and a half of The King of Comedy, but that doesn't make him Scorsese.
November 4, 2019
Like "The Dark Knight", this film demonizes the mentally ill. It also distorts NY realities in the early 80s.
October 28, 2019
Heath Ledger's maniacal agent of destruction would have kicked this sorry-ass loser off Gotham's tallest building.
October 17, 2019
Simply as a film, Joker leaves much to be desired: It's heavy-handed and derivative. But as with previous superhero narratives, it provides a fascinating allegory for present concerns.
October 17, 2019
The fundamental issue I have with Joker is that it's unnecessary.
October 15, 2019
Joker is a visual feast about mental illness, the crumbling of an unstable economic system, and toxic masculinity that thinks it has something groundbreaking to add to the comic book universe, but merely adds an obtuse reflection.
October 14, 2019
Joker tries to be serious in a familiar genre, but hold on to the convention. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 14, 2019
Brutally nihilistic and morally irresponsible, glamorizing and glorifying a nasty, maniacal villain, leaving one to wonder if a reel threat could inspire a real threat.
October 12, 2019
The theatrical trailer for Joker -- tight, controlled, and intriguing -- suggested the best movie Martin Scorsese never made. The actual movie is a shallow and sophomoric effort that isn't about a raging bull as much as it's merely raging bulls***.
October 12, 2019
Phoenix is great, but the movie is a hack job.
October 11, 2019
Joker is a dread carnival, a relentlessly bleak tome of psychopathic origins that understands neither psychopathy nor origin stories.
October 11, 2019
Is it possible, in the world of 'Joker,' to believe in real heroism? Do the filmmakers even care about that question?
October 11, 2019
Never evolves beyond scene after scene of painful slights, degradations, and worse - empty provocations.
October 11, 2019
A film that takes on the nigh-impossible task of smuggling transgressive underground danger into a contemporary, risk-averse multiplex tentpole package.
October 11, 2019
We've been trolled.
October 11, 2019
For all the discourse around Joker, I was expecting something truly abhorrent - for better or worse. What I was shocked to find is how little of a bite it has.
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