Joker 2019

Critics Consensus

Joker offers its notorious central character a chillingly believable origin story that serves as a superb showcase for its star — and a darkish evolution for comics-inspired cinema.


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Verified Scores: 66,290

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“Joker” facilities across the iconic arch nemesis and is an authentic, standalone fictional story not seen earlier than on the massive display screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who’s indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a person struggling to search out his method in Gotham’s fracturedsociety. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comedian at night time…however finds the joke at all times appears to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one unhealthy determination that brings a few chain response of escalating occasions on this gritty character examine.

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  • Joaquin Phoenix, in one other excellent efficiency.

    March 9, 2020 | Full Assessment…

    Chicago Reader

    Prime Critic

  • A film that borders on genius-repellant, darkish, terrifying, disgusting, good and unforgettable.

    October 7, 2019 | Score: 3.5/4 | Full Assessment…


    Prime Critic

  • If there’s a significant distinction between performing and performing, Joaquin Phoenix absolutely exemplifies the previous right here, creepily contorting because the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips’ well timed, poisonous tackle the Making of a Murdering Madman.

    October 4, 2019 | Score: 2/5 | Full Assessment…

    San Diego Reader

    Prime Critic

  • Whereas it succeeds in aping the superficial features of [Martin] Scorsese’s model, “Joker” lacks the intelligence or gravitas of Scorsese’s finest work.

    October 4, 2019 | Score: 2.5/4 | Full Assessment…

    Prime Critic

  • A film of a cynicism so huge and pervasive as to render the viewing expertise even emptier than its slapdash aesthetic does.

    October 4, 2019 | Full Assessment…

    New Yorker

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  • Bleak and juvenile

    October 4, 2019 | Full Assessment…


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  • Feb 19, 2020

    DC abandons their Prolonged Cinematic Universe and makes an attempt to revive the Batman franchise with the indie character drama Joker. The story follows a psychologically disturbed clown named Arthur Fleck who’s an aspiring comedian as he is fired from his job and will get a shot on a late night time discuss present after the host riffs on a video of one among Fleck’s stand-up routes. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Brett Cullen, the movie has a fairly respectable forged that offers good performances; although Phoenix typically overacts, drawing consideration to how bizarre and eccentric he is being for no motive. And the liberal politics should not in any method delicate, overshadowing the plot at time. Nonetheless, it does do some attention-grabbing issues with the Batman mythos and there are some thrilling and enjoyable motion scenes. But whereas Joker is a novel addition to the Batman franchise, the movie model would not actually really feel apiece with the fabric.

  • Feb 01, 2020

    Positives: Appearing, script, cinematography, iconic make-up,​ and visible results Negatives: Lack of supporting forged, depends on older movies for substance and could be sluggish at elements of the film

  • Jan 25, 2020

    “Why so (self-)critical?” Todd Phillip’s JOKER is precisely what I anticipated it to be. It is a fantastic showcase of Joaquin Phoenix’ performing prowess as he delves into a personality and contorts himself emotionally and bodily, turning into a distillation of our morbid and troubled instances. It is also Phillips’ try to seize the magic of Martin Scorcese’s 70’s output, specifically THE KING OF COMEDY and TAXI DRIVER, then releasing it in a contemporary sociopolitical context to touch upon mass shootings and the Occupy motion…and failing to say something of substance about these issues. Properly what did you anticipate? It is nonetheless only a comedian ebook film and a considerably boring one at that. For those who ran the sluggish movement sequences (which largely include Phoenix grooving on the steps from THE EXORCIST to your favourite 60’s cuts) at common pace, the movie would simply barely hit the 90 minute mark, however OH NO you are gonna watch him dance and also you’re gonna prefer it! It is speculated to be poignant too, so ensure you wallow in Arthur Fleck’s “psychological sickness” and sympathize with him, not for the basics of his character however quite due to the society that victimized him to the purpose of turning into a homicidal maniac. This isn’t to fault the storytelling right here as a result of it’s as believable a state of affairs for creating the enduring Joker character as any you will see that. Nonetheless, what it says of mass shootings and their correlation to a sure demographic (one which I occur to be a member of) is the equal of a Fox Information anchor chiding psychological well being companies for the Las Vegas bloodbath. Uh, yeah, there’s extra we may do for folks fighting psychological points, however handing out extra capsules and scheduling additional remedy classes has nothing to do with how anybody outdoors of lively army, a lot much less a suicidal compulsive gambler may stockpile 23 rifles, 15 of which have been outfitted with bump hearth shares. Clearly, this problem is extra difficult than one film may try to handle, but it surely makes Phillip’s nihilistic (and I not often use this phrase until I imply it) take that rather more pretentious – and to a point exploitative. Figuring out that you could market one thing as a result of it is positive to rustle some jimmies requires a modicum of social accountability, and right here it’s executed joylessly and largely with none true perception into its broader implications. However, hey, it’s directed by the man who gave us THE HANGOVER trilogy, in order that’s no huge shock. If I needed to see a violent, conflicted anti-Hero performed by Joaquin Phoenix teeter on the borderline of sanity, I’d simply watch YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE once more. However at the same time as a Batman spinoff movie, I can not assist however suppose most style followers will probably be bored and go away the theater a bit of extra depressed than after they got here in. As for the worry that this film will spur one thing just like the Aurora theater shootings hearkening again to the discharge of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, I am uncertain that this movie will function something greater than a leaking faucet to the constructing frustrations of those that have been already planning some violent public demonstration.

  • Jan 20, 2020

    A film I’ve needed to sit on for a number of days and I feel I am going to have to sit down on even longer. Controversial, harmful, these are phrases thrown round lots with this film. I assume I see why, however perhaps not for the precise motive. It is asking questions, however lots of people are getting the incorrect factor out of these questions. Are they questions which were requested earlier than? Have they been requested in an identical method? Certain, however perhaps not on this local weather and positively not with this character, and that is what makes it completely different. With out going too deep into my very own theories, the most important factor I obtained out of it’s “assist folks”. There have been so many factors the place this slow-motion automobile crash may have been stopped, but it surely did not. One other factor is, how a lot are different folks guilty? These are attention-grabbing questions, and what makes it extra attention-grabbing is realizing this character and the place he finally ends up. As to the violence, not one of the violence is especially excessive in a Deadpool or Michael Bay form of method, however that is form of what makes it extra uncomfortable. It is grounded and unnerving. It is also very Joker-ish, with some scenes which can be weirdly playful in a weird method the place you do not actually know what he’ll do. This was a singular course to take this character, and Joaquin Phoenix kills it as Arthur/Joker with a empathic psychopath. It is a considerate however uncomfortable feel-bad form of film I am nonetheless interested by and actually need to discuss. I do not get that form of film typically sufficient.

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