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Film will center on how the popular comic book villain known as The Joker came to be.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Jim Vejvoda
"Phoenix’s fully committed performance and Todd Phillips’ masterful albeit loose reinvention of the DC source material make Joker a film that should leave comic book fans and non-fans alike disturbed and moved"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
"It’s exhilarating in the most prurient of ways, a snuff film about the death of order, about the rot of a governing ethos. But from a step back (...) it also may be irresponsible propaganda for the very men it pathologizes."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"Phoenix is astonishing as a mentally ill geek (...) [An] hypnotically perverse, ghoulishly grippingly urban-nightmare comic fantasia"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Mark Hughes
"An awesome accomplishment sure to please fans of the character and of the superhero genre, as well as average viewers just looking for a terrific film for adult audiences. (...) 'Joker' is one of the true masterpieces of the superhero cinema, and one of 2019's greatest achievements."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
"Joaquin Phoenix paints on the famed maniacal smile with his own blood (...) what's most noteworthy about this gritty entry in the DC canon (...) is the pathos he brings to a pathetically disenfranchised character"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"For better or worse, superhero movies will never be the same. 'Joker' is the boldest and most exciting superhero movie since "The Dark Knight." It's also incendiary, confused, and potentially toxic.  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Terri White
"Joaquin Phoenix is astonishing (...) Comparing him to Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson feels like a nonsense: this is a Joker we’ve never seen (...) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Xan Brooks
The Guardian
"A brilliantly insurrectionist origins story (...) Audaciously, it’s a film that invites us to love the monster (...) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)" (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Glenn Kenny
"If you live to see Joaquin Phoenix go to performing extremes like nobody’s business, this movie really is the apotheosis of that (...) As social commentary, 'Joker' is pernicious garbage (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
"One of the most alarming portraits of psychosis ever put on screen (...) Phoenix gives an absolutely convulsing performance, maybe the most powerful of his career (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
"A dark, brooding and psychologically plausible origin story, a vision of cartoon sociopathy made flesh."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"There is something inescapably and chillingly glamorous in watching Arthur’s Joker persona emerge, like a poison-striped parasite devouring its host (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"Superhero fans will inevitably have their favourite version of this unforgettable villain, but it’s probably not too controversial to propose that Phoenix’s take is the most human — and, as a result, the most tragic."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Stephanie Zacharek
"Joker wants to be a movie about the emptiness of our culture. Instead, it’s a prime example of it"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Geoffrey Macnab
The Independent
"What do you get when you take a poor, mentally unstable loner and you treat him like trash? The answer given in Todd Phillips's ingenious new feature is Batman's arch nemesis (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Joe Lipsett
Bloody Disgusting
"A cultural touchstone (...) Who would have guessed that a film about a clown could mean so much? (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
"A convincing but ultimately hollow simulacra of better, smarter movies"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Alex Billington
First Showing
"[I] don't know if the world is ready for this movie (...) Even if it isn't perfectly polished, even if it has flaws. I highly doubt [it] will be forgotten"  POS
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