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      Joaquin Phoenix, in another outstanding performance.

      Full Review | Mar 9, 2020

      Not only an intelligent throwback to the feel-bad shock cinema of the 1970s, Joker is all but unique in its social realism...

      Full Review | Feb 6, 2020

      The result of these creative decisions, however, is that whatever power Joker, as a pop culture icon, might wield, Joker, as a movie, feels toothless.

      Full Review | Dec 6, 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.

      Full Review | Nov 19, 2019

      Joker is a jumble - sometimes brilliant and sometimes trite. Among its flashes of excellence is a self-serious movie that isn't nearly as deep as it thinks it is.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Oct 19, 2019

      It knew what it was doing. The performance is so intense, with just the right register for the film...hard-boiled cinema, it managed to do something new...

      Full Review | Oct 12, 2019

      Is it possible, in the world of 'Joker,' to believe in real heroism? Do the filmmakers even care about that question?

      Full Review | Original Score: C | Oct 11, 2019

      Never evolves beyond scene after scene of painful slights, degradations, and worse - empty provocations.

      Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5 | Oct 11, 2019

      It's hypnotic just how horrifying Arthur's existence is, just as Phoenix's performance is hypnotic as he spirals from fragile hope into increasingly outsized and confident acts of destruction.

      Full Review | Oct 7, 2019

      As well made as Joker is, there is little here to delight in beyond Phoenix's performance.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Oct 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/10 | Oct 7, 2019

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

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Oct 7, 2019

      Joker suggests that mental health issues require government funding-a narrative that would actually be progressive, if the film stopped there.

      Full Review | Original Score: F | Oct 6, 2019

      Joker looks set to have the last laugh.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Oct 6, 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Oct 4, 2019

      Phillips' flashes of style are all in service of a grimdark image rather than a message about the haves and have-nots, or the treatment of mental illness, or any of the other, real issues so easily within reach. It's all show, and no substance.

      Full Review | Oct 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | Oct 4, 2019

      Joker is a self-serious movie that, in spite of its lead, posits itself as revolutionary when it never hovers above bland and tasteless.

      Full Review | Oct 4, 2019

      A movie of a cynicism so vast and pervasive as to render the viewing experience even emptier than its slapdash aesthetic does.

      Full Review | Oct 4, 2019

      Bleak and juvenile

      Full Review | Oct 4, 2019

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