Joker Reviews

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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.
October 10, 2019
Despite moments that feel like they're sincerely trying to warn us to about a world that creates Arthur Flecks, Joker often feels unchecked and unkempt in its unforgiving soapboxing and nihilistic, ugly tendencies.
October 10, 2019
Joker isn't a work of genius, it's not radical, bold, nor right-wing propaganda. It's just a movie, and a bad one.
October 10, 2019
All the references in Phillips's film don't feel like they're homages-they feel like blasphemy.
October 10, 2019
The film isn't worth arguing over when it doesn't actually say anything at all.
October 9, 2019
Gross isn't exactly a film-critic term. But then Joker isn't exactly a film. For one, it doesn't so much contain a plot as a series of brutal jolts to the senses. It doesn't so much contain characters as people who take and people who get taken.
October 9, 2019
With no huge plot surprises, it's another case of waiting for a film to make reveals you had figured out much earlier. Less "Ta-daa", more "Ta-duh".
October 8, 2019
Joker is replete with the signifiers of great cinema, all dialed up so heavily that they could denote parody if the film were not so serious.
October 8, 2019
Todd Phillips attempts to deliver a complex character study in the guise of a comic book film, but does so without any use of nuance or subtlety whatsoever.
October 8, 2019
In Joker, a suitably creepy lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix is undermined by heavy-handed direction and a clunky screenplay.
October 7, 2019
It's a ripoff of the highest order, borrowing from greater filmmakers without the nuance or intelligence to make the entire enterprise worthwhile.
October 7, 2019
It turns out the piece of art that has caused such an uproar is nothing more than an incoherent, misbegotten and embarrassingly dull two hours.
October 7, 2019
It's unclear if the movie thinks that the Joker doesn't know that his statement is political, or the film itself doesn't understand it's own political nature[...]
October 7, 2019
As well made as Joker is, there is little here to delight in beyond Phoenix's performance.
October 7, 2019
Joker is a soulless retread that hopes to masquerade in the flesh of a Martin Scorsese/Paul Schrader film in an attempt to seem edgy or dark but is ultimately defiantly mediocre at best and an utter sham at worst.
October 7, 2019
A derivative movie that exploits mental illness and violence
October 7, 2019
There's a cowardice about all of this which is really hard to ignore.
October 7, 2019
In aping the ambition and prestige of its motley influences, Joker winds up with a bungled understanding of its own relation to violence.
October 7, 2019
For all the handwringing over Joker's release to call it dangerous simply imbues it with more coherence and power than it actually has.
October 7, 2019
So intently focused as he is on crafting an edgy and grown-up vision of the Batman world, Phillips sacrifices consistent character development, good scripting and editing.
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