Critics Consensus

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.



Total Count: 488


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Verified Ratings: 46,093
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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

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Audience Reviews for Joker

  • 2d ago
    #TheJokerMovie proves yet again that MCU is fun. DCU isn't. Yes, Joaquin Phoenix delivers an amazing, hard-to-watch, performance, but the origin story is a failure. According to this, Joker is about 40 years older than Batman. Huh? Movie ended. No applause. Everyone just filed out quietly as the credits rolled.Worth checking out for Joaquin's acting, but not to be entertained, just depressed.
    Joe S Super Reviewer
  • 2d ago
    Joker, for all its hyped up controversy, could have done with a bit more fleshing out of its themes and its central figure. We do get to know Arthur quite well as a human, but I never truly felt like there was a switch from him being a misunderstood outcast, to him falling into insanity. The film is a psychological thriller, without a ton of psychology to its theme of mental illness. Often times, Todd Phillips seems to have the rough draft on paper for a truly daring film, but that's all it really feels like; a rough draft. By the end of the admittedly disturbing transformation of Joker, I was simultaneously unsettled, terrified, but hollow, thinking there were places the film truly could have capitalized on the ideas being displayed about our society's fascination with violence and the forces that push a man to madness. In today's day and age the film hits almost too close to home, but the chances to further deepen the film are missed, and the film settles at the end into feeling somewhat like a sketch of a film. Joaquin Phoneix, however, delivers a goosebumps inducing performance, delving into the most uncomfortable realm of humanity. What Phillips is trying to say at the end of the film, is rather interpreted by its audience, but it is slightly alarming that we as an audience don't know what stance the director is even taking on the subject of violence. Joker is thoroughly riveting filmmaking, but less fully thought out, than one would hope. Rating: 62
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • 5d ago
    I can't endorse this movie because it's so violent and disturbing and not for any needed reason either. But, hats off to Phoenix who becomes this villain full force and the performance is brave, strong and scary. The tie in with the Batman story is clumsy. Some of the supporting actors are strong but DeNiro plays DeNiro. Not for any one under 18 in my opinion! 10-12-2019
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2019
    For all of the hullabaloo (re: embarrassing media coverage) leading up to the release of "Joker," you'd be forgiven for going into a screening with stilted expectations, preconcieved notions, and a general unease. I myself was a bit guilty on all counts! That just makes what an utter success "Joker" is all the more satisfying. This is an opus. A modern masterwork of performance art and technical film craft. Todd Phillips far exceeds his own filmography with a powerhouse of visual fluidity and intoxicating authenticity. He and Cinematographer Lawrence Sher have crafted a film of great empathy and hellish beauty that's as gorgeous as anything I've seen in a theater this year. Joaquin Phoenix shines once again as the mentally unstable, supervillain to be Arthur Fleck... in what may be his newly minted signature role. He belongs on the same mantel as Heath Ledger, and once again proves to be one of the actors of his generation. An Oscar at this point seems like a no brainer. "Joker" is the great feel bad movie of our time. It doesn't just wallow in misery however; Phillips and co. find the poetry and humanity within. For all of the overpublicized talk regarding brutal and horrific displays of violence (not even close to accurate), it's the emotionally disturbing content and the unbearable suffering of Arthur that have really stuck with me. This is somehow all expertly portrayed under the guise of a DC comicbook film based on one of pop culture's most identifiable assets? "Joker" has what it takes to change the landscape of blockbuster movies. It is the best film of the year.
    Michael P Super Reviewer

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