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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.


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 (100) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (24)

  • [Todd] Phillips and [Joaquin] Phoenix deserve credit for reimagining what a comic book movie can be. One that isn't encumbered with setting up multi-movie plot lines and one that can go to places other films in this genre can't.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • [A]lready I'm giddy at the prospect of never thinking about this movie again.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • As Hannah Arendt saw banality in the supposed evil of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann, I see in Joker an attempt to elevate nerdy revenge to the plane of myth. That's scary on a lot of different levels.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Joker may cop its values, aesthetic and philosophical, from other films, but at least it has values.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Phoenix, febrile and wiry (he lost three stone for the part), is the focus of all attention and delivers a performance (an easy Best Actor Oscar nomination, if not a win) that sparks, like alternating current, in and out of sympathy.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's ... well, not bad.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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