Joker Reviews

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October 24, 2019
What the film wants to say - about mental illness or class divisions in society - is not as interesting as what it accidentally says about whiteness.
Top Critic
October 7, 2019
A movie that borders on genius-repellant, dark, terrifying, disgusting, brilliant and unforgettable.
October 4, 2019
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.
October 4, 2019
While it succeeds in aping the superficial aspects of [Martin] Scorsese's style, "Joker" lacks the intelligence or gravitas of Scorsese's best work.
October 4, 2019
A movie of a cynicism so vast and pervasive as to render the viewing experience even emptier than its slapdash aesthetic does.
October 4, 2019
Bleak and juvenile
October 3, 2019
If you're feeling insufficiently anxious in your life, "Joker" could be just the ticket. If not, look elsewhere to be entertained.
October 3, 2019
Joker is a bad movie, yes: It's predictable, clichéd, deeply derivative of other, better movies, and overwritten to the point of self-parody.
October 3, 2019
It's hard to say if the muddle "Joker" makes of itself arises from confusion or cowardice, but the result is less a depiction of nihilism than a story about nothing.
October 3, 2019
Perhaps the bleakest assertion of "Joker" is the one that's hardest to disprove: That the ghastly world Fleck inhabits, and by extension ours, is the one we deserve.
October 3, 2019
Phillips made a brilliant choice in casting Phoenix, and then he was smart to know that the actor is so deep inside this role that everything he does, up to and including a homicidal rumba, feels right.
Top Critic
October 3, 2019
It devotes so much of its energy into not being about a comic book villain that it neglects being about ... much of anything, really.
October 3, 2019
"Joker," though, is a calculatedly combustible concoction, designed, like its chaos-creating character, to cause a stir. To provoke and distort. I wish it was as radical as it thinks it is.
October 3, 2019
The supervillain origin story to beat all origin stories.
October 3, 2019
This Joker has a ruined poetry to him that makes his victimhood seem a badge of honor and his homicidal urges seem a just, if horrifying, form of retribution.
October 3, 2019
Joker is an exploration of what causes a lonely, unhinged man to explode, and it has moments that are riveting.
October 3, 2019
The year's biggest disappointment has arrived.
October 2, 2019
Although it may be difficult to "like" this film in a conventional sense, it offers a powerful and unforgettable experience that few will find easy to shake.
October 2, 2019
It's a film about cinema, made by and for pop culture sophisticates. It doesn't have to mean anything.
October 2, 2019
"Joker" is resoundingly one-note throughout the majority of its running time, Phillips mistaking "unrelentingly grim" for "profound," which just renders the film punishingly dull.
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