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Joker

Joker

2019
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 2m
In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: "The Joker".
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Joker

2019
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 2m
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Rated 13 Oct 2019
95
84th
So I had no high expectations for this. I only watched it for Phoenix. He was amazing as usual, and the movie itself is surprisingly well made. I loved the score and the way the film was shot and executed. Todd Philips is actually a good director. It's no comic book movie, it's an origin story. One that left me pleased. You actually feel for the main character and hope that he doesn't become a monster. Symbolic, dark, and thought-provoking, and the biggest surprise this year. Great film!
Rated 05 Oct 2019
72
41st
Frustrating. It's beautifully shot and scored, and Phoenix delivers a performance for the ages but the film around it falls short of the mark. It has a lot on its mind and tries its best to talk about a host of issues from mental health to income inequality, but it also lazily and brazenly steals from the best of Scorsese and when asked to articulate its big ideas with the nuance and deftness of the films it admires it lazily settles for "Eh, society, amirite?" Still worth a watch.
Rated 17 Mar 2020
93
99th
I don't give out 90's very often, but "Joker" deserves every ounce of praise it gets. We've seen dark takes on comics before, but this is something else entirely. "Joker" is a comic book villain adapted into reality, and then adapted into a movie. He is insanity personified, and never has mental illness been depicted more acutely than in this movie.
Rated 06 Oct 2019
85
86th
Halfway through my screening of Joker, an incel ran into the theater with an AR-15 aimed at the audience and shouted "Gamers rise up!" But upon seeing Joaquin Phoenix's excellent acting, he lowered his gun, sat down and watched. At the end of the film, he stood up, with tears in his eyes, and apologized to everyone. "I'm sorry," he said. "I guess we really do live in a society after all."
Rated 20 Oct 2019
33
21st
Really took a nosedive for me the second time. Everything, including Joaquin's performance, felt empty, vapid, and hollow. The film's meaning is incredibly convoluted because it's scatterbrained and unfocused, yet so wanting to be impactful and potent. It honestly feels like Todd Philips watched other great films and told everyone involved to do what he saw in those other films because it ends up feeling like a caricature of the character studies that inspired it.
Rated 10 Oct 2019
55
29th
You can't read three sentences about this without Taxi Driver coming up. I thought it was way closer to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Todd Phillips goes full Rob Zombie and acts as if he hates that anyone likes the Joker. A superhero movie without a superhero and about as grim as that could be. Spoiler Alert!!! My friend posited that he never got out of the fridge which makes WAY more sense.
Rated 07 Oct 2019
50
18th
yah can i get a ????????? ?????? King of Comedy combo meal with a side of Taxi Driver?? visuals cooked well-done? yea.. and slather it- just drown that shit in DC-sauce. mm, yea- and can i get the third act kinda muddled and messy? cool, thanks! see this isn't like other fast food. it's made with actual good performances, and tastes more like classic movies!
Rated 08 Oct 2019
70
47th
I was wondering what was going on with Joaquin's shoulders and then it dawned on me that it must have come from carrying this film on his back.
Rated 07 Oct 2019
66
18th
An truly astonishing lead performance, amazing visuals, and a haunting score can’t disguise the fact that this is, at its core, a fundamentally stupid movie with haphazard ideas about society, class, and mental illness that feel like they came straight from the mouth of the nearest Tyler Durden superfan dumbass. And yet, when Phillips and his script get out of the way, it’s striking and genuinely effective. 66 for 666 because it’s sOoOoO dArK aNd dEmOnIc
Rated 04 Oct 2019
85
88th
Pained, dark and brilliant origins story. My sales pitch? The psychosis of 'Taxi Driver' meets the sympathetic but ultimately sociopathic 'Talented Mr. Ripley'. But it's also a blood-stained picture of our zeitgeist. In 'The Dark Knight Rises' the masses would want to revolt against the rich. In 'Joker' they are willing to flat out kill them. I might adjust the score for this, but only upwards. There's a lot to process.
Rated 04 Oct 2019
15
5th
Unbelievably bad. It's an incoherent mess of a film that has no point of view. Well, I guess you learn that Joker doesn't like to ash his cigarettes.
Rated 04 Oct 2019
7
84th
I don't know how much - if much at all - I'd say I really "enjoyed" it in the sense of like, yeah, I'd pop this in on a lazy Sunday afternoon. But it's certainly fascinating, in its exploration of a journey into darkness and in that a franchise as huge and mainstream as Batman allowed something as bleak and wild and twisted as this to be released attached to it, side-universe or no. Joaquin's performance is a tour de force; can't take your eyes off him.
Rated 11 Mar 2020
75
72nd
This was decent. I really like Phoenix's mad, physical performances, and this is another fine example, even though it was hard to sympathise with the character. Hildur Guðnadóttir's score was sublime; probably the thing I liked the most about the film. The look of Gotham, the filming and style worked for me. I don't think the other themes and setting really connected with me, though; just felt a bit superficial and farfetched. Well worth seeing, although Cesar Romero remains the king.
Rated 18 Oct 2019
60
47th
This doesn't feel like the Joker to me. Fleck is simply a loser who never truly becomes frightening. I didn't believe for a second that this sad existence could ever become an evil mastermind who could challenge Batman for the rule of Gotham. A bit predictable, but well-crafted and intensely acted nonetheless. Phoenix is probably the actor of his generation.
Rated 02 Oct 2019
25
19th
Fails on all levels. How do I know? Cos I'll rewatch Nicholson, Ledger and Hamill's Joker any day, but I already forgot about this. By trying to construct a realistic drama out of a comic book, they have managed to turn it into an utterly unrealistic and unoriginal comic book origin story. Side note: Phoenix's acting is superb, my problem is with the character and its politics. They just completely missed the mark.
Rated 04 Nov 2019
5
20th
(2nd viewing) Bearing in mind the film's turn of events this time around, my initial admiration for it has now shifted into unshakable, utter unease. Phoenix's great performance notwithstanding, his character now came across as a narcissistic, delusional freak rather than this tragic "victim of society" whom the makers desperately, if not wrongfully attempt to humanize. I totally understand why anyone would hate this film, because it's honestly f'd up.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
1
0th
If you're going to do a comic book villain origin story, then by God have someone besides the Hangover's director make it. This feels like a Youtube Mashup trailer of 70's Scorsese & Lumet movies. But what's unforgivable is the "apolitical" philosophy--comparing Occupy Wall Street with Incels. The unreliable narrator gimmick, anachronistic viral videos, and tv murder coverage play like a first year Creative Writing student's assignment. And don't get me started on the ending. Avoid at all costs.
Rated 03 Oct 2019
81
66th
Not brilliant by any means; there's a frustrating lack of nuance/subtlety here and it doesn't have as much to say about mental illness or violent populism as it thinks it does. That being said this is a well-made, vivid and potent piece of work (maybe one of the grimmest major studio movies ever). Phoenix absolutely tears into this character (as if you'd expect anything else) and it just works really well as a desperate, upsetting horror-tinged thriller. More comic book movies like this, please.
Rated 03 Jan 2020
73
71st
What it gets right is that one can be both a victim and a villain, and the former does not have to excuse the latter. Although questionable in its psychology, the broad strokes are there and it packs the emotional weight it needs to. Hard to imagine anybody other than Phoenix could pull off this version of Joker (maybe Crispin Glover?). A small detraction is that it's nearly impossible to imagine this Arthur Fleck becoming a truly formidable supervillain.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
91
91st
?Phoenix BRILLIANT [save poss voice 4 SMALL bit of 2nd TV-set scene]: Pathetic,compelling,heart-breaking, skincrawling & frightening | Perfect homage to Taxi D + King of Comedy - thus DeNiro | Wish = pure standalone, might've = true modern classic | ?Father plot NOT needed. Rich boy ? my heart sank | Worry when DC stumbles onto quality, grab it ? may throw $ @ JP to do Batman film. He's SUPERB but that might taint this searing portrayal | PS No more damn SlowMo pearls, pls
Rated 09 Oct 2019
50
12th
I came in expecting the GG Allin documentary with a budget of Infinity War but instead i got Taxi Driver if Taxi Driver was constructed out of dead dicks and Joaquin Phoenix. He won Best Actor i ain't mad
Rated 31 Oct 2019
10
4th
These "origin story" superhero soap operas that pose as arthouse character studies are just as catastrophically awful as their action-oriented counterparts, whether or not they try to rip off Scorsese oldies.
Rated 10 Oct 2019
85
86th
Gary Glitter doing the Joker dance as he can now afford stuff from the prison canteen again. Did that Punky Brewster very special fridge episode lie to me?
Rated 03 Jun 2020
100
94th
I'm not real familiar with Batman or said movies But I've always been intrigued by the Joker This surprised me a evolution story I suppose you would say and a much darker tone then I expected The kill scenes ( to me) felt like something out of a horror film
Rated 04 Oct 2019
70
80th
it's a good film, but definitely not a comic movie, and that's okay. Batman is an 80 year old character which has a gigantic mythos. this film is based on a version of Joker, which we haven't seen before. it leans heavily into mental illness aspect, which was historically used as a comedic element. but in real life, mental illness is no joke. this film gets that. there are some nitpicks to be had here and there, but the art direction and joaquin's performance is just exceptional.
Rated 15 Jan 2020
65
71st
So there's Rupert/Travis, Rita/Betsy, Charles Palantine and Jerry Langford, even Wizard, but no one with Masha's energy, and, crucially, no Iris (and certainly no equivalent to Scorsese's passenger), totally sterilising the psychosexual aspects. This is more significant than any supposed deficiency of social critique, as is the lack of wit and humour that, despite the ominousness of TAXI DRIVER and the uncomfortableness of KING OF COMEDY, were present in those precursors. Phoenix is very good.
Rated 09 Nov 2019
57
20th
I know it's a gag from the 60's show but the amount of news-clipping exposition here was silly. Headlines, journals, joke books, medical records, the business card - the camera hovers over text a lot. A more elegant film might have simply written 'damaged' on the character's forehead heyyo (I'm jokin'!) JP delivers the physical performance but the writing gives him little to dig into compared to iterations with less screentime - honestly though how do you write good Joker dialogue without Batman
Rated 10 Oct 2019
82
77th
A Joker film with ambitions as tempestuous as this is bound to be polarizing, so it would be a failure if it wasn't. Joker never was a reflection of the people he fights, but a fun-house mirror of society writ large and uncaring, after One very Bad Day. On this note Joker succeeds in just how methodically it shows disturbed Arthur Fleck (King of Nobodies) transforming from loner failure to perverted showman, releasing himself from every societal expectation. It's society unraveling too.
Rated 10 Oct 2019
79
40th
It's cool. Pretty cool. Not that the outcast gone mad is a particularly new trope, but Phillips does have a talent for subtlety and playing with the espectations of the public even more than the title character (which is brilliantly interpreted by Phoenix, btw). Such a pity that all the subtlety is thrown out of the window with an almost literal "we live in a society" monologue near the end. Luckly, it wasn't enough to ruin the rest of the experience.
Rated 04 Oct 2019
72
51st
A masterful performance by Joaquin Phoenix isn't quite enough to prop up a script that feels like it's telling a story that doesn't belong in the universe it's being told in. It feels like it wants to be thought-provoking, but I'm not sure it works on that level. Watch it for Phoenix -- he will win awards for this -- but don't expect to have your mind blown.
Rated 04 Oct 2019
89
86th
There are brief moments in the first half where Arthur's downward spiral starts to feel one-note & mediocre but it never lasts for long. The 2 biggest reasons are Phoenix's riveting performance & the fantastic score. Phillips also touches on a societal trait most mediums never question: how a hatred of the rich is routinely accepted & indulged (often by artists themselves). It also somehow raises serious issues about mental illness w/out ever diminishing the Joker's view of madness as freeing.
Rated 05 Jan 2020
85
82nd
How could you not get a kick out of this? Ultra-stylized, politically relevant, and starring Joaquin Phoenix. This basically checks all my boxes. Todd Phillips directs a surprisingly competent movie that provides a feast for thought and the eyes. Joaquin will an Oscar. Mark my words.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
80
53rd
The technical craftsmanship and Phoenix's acting deserve their praise. Joker draws so much from Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy that by the end, you feel like the casting of De Niro isn't even the most egregious aspect of the film. Maybe that's why the limited amount of time spent drifting away from its influences is so jarring: because the script manages to lose any semblance of nuance in its themes and characters which make, say, Taxi Driver and Travis Bickle such classic parts of cinema.
Rated 29 Nov 2019
74
63rd
Not as bad as I feared nor as good as I hoped. Both stylistically heavy handed & thematically muddled which makes for an interesting combination in this case. It's not clever enough to avoid feeling shallow compared to all the movies its referring to but works surprisingly well as a depiction of mental illness (Phoenix is perfect). Phillips blunders a bit with effective storytelling but makes up for it with a stubborn & uncomromised vision. Nice to see De Niro giving a shit again in a good role.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
70
41st
Went into this ready to hate, and the first ten minutes or so were very hateable, but it settles into a rhythm pretty quickly, and I eventually found it compelling. I feel like a lot of it is down to Phoenix, no surprises.
Rated 03 Nov 2019
71
43rd
As others have pointed out, the portrayal of society is more than lazy. It doesn't ask any real questions. The rich are shit because they are rich and business men are assholes because they are business men and so on. All those things only lead to the bad things happening to the Joker. This adds nothing new to the character. I'd even say that he is more uninteresting than in The Dark Knight. In the end "Joker" is only a projection screen for opinions made up in advance.
Rated 26 Oct 2019
75
77th
Phoenix's scary laugh is just perfect, but this relatively compelling tragedy about an outcast didn't really need its superhero packaging, and it's, perhaps, ultimately a bit too one-note and repetitive.
Rated 15 Oct 2019
75
81st
This may seem trivial to you, but...It's a movie! It has real sets and characters, pacing and a story that develops over time until its conclusion! It has a brilliant lead performance by a real actor! And I watched it in the cinema! Isn't that awesome? Doesn't get more nostalgic than this...
Rated 06 Oct 2019
80
96th
Joaquin's Joker is right up there with Heath's and Jack's (sorry, not sorry Jared) One of the best origin stories of a comic book character ever put on screen. Phoenix should easily win awards for his performance, although judging from his other roles, I'm not sure how much acting he was doing. He's kind of an eccentric dude...the rich man's Crispin Glover, if you will. I'm wondering if the score will be the new "Inception music" that everyone will use for future commercials and trailers.
Rated 15 Jul 2020
65
51st
Joker too often goes beyond being just a Scorsese homage, instead lifting a lot of its best content from the superior films of a superior filmmaker, and its presentation of mental illness is less profound than it is simply timely. The general aesthetic achieved is glorious though, and Phoenix’s blistering performance proves yet again that he is one of Hollywood’s most capable actors.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
85
92nd
A comic book origin story that completely transcends its source, creating both a mature and impressively well rounded character study and a poignant and thoroughly depressing social commentary. There are a few blemishes here and there, but after all is said and done, I'd go as far as calling this the definitive cinematic take on The Joker. No small feat considering what came before.
Rated 12 Oct 2019
45
18th
Joaquin isn't acting in this - he's ACTING, where everything he does HAS to BE so SHOWY. Todd Phillips is pretending to be Scorcese, and his head is way too far up his own ass. What's worse, it's empty and nihilistic, there's nothing there. Faux-deep psychological torture.
Rated 06 Oct 2019
80
92nd
The most humane story of a comic book character I've seen. It doesn't glorify violence or mental illness, but makes them feel heartbreakingly inevitable. It's a topical and important film. Comparisons to the Taxi Driver are not far fetched.
Rated 19 Jan 2020
80
85th
Something else to watch from a bunch of angles. The acting is excellent, lead and supporting cast. The way this is filmed is also quite good. The story makes a sad statement on how people treat each other. Some good, some awful. Well worth a look.
Rated 27 Oct 2019
77
66th
Carried by Phoenix's amazing performance and some decent trickery over what is and is not a hallucination of Fleck's insane mind. Both the bursts of brutal violence and dark comedy are quite effective. Phillips isn't good enough of a director to completely transcend past the obvious 70s and 80s influences however, and it drags a bit at the end. A good attempt, though.
Rated 06 Oct 2019
88
88th
Even more dread-filled and intense on my second viewing, this is a surprisingly multi-dimensional film from Mr Phillips, one that recognises the varying levels of villainy in just about every character. An extraordinary and properly shocking back-story for this classic villain, with no-one better for the role than Phoenix, and all the ludicrous controversy surrounding this film seem to tie into it so perfectly (are people actually afraid of folks who can't get laid??!).
Rated 08 Jan 2020
70
79th
An excellent origin story, on a very tough character. The only thing really known about the Joker was that he was nuts. So adding some depth and subtle backstory into his mental illness tying into a political atmosphere rife for an explosion, and you have a story simple enough to work and make sense. Of course, you need someone to embody that persona and Pheonix does it admirably, challenging even the hallowed Ledger's take on the character. Throw in a competent directing and a familiar score. B
Rated 05 Oct 2019
66
70th
Surprisingly okay. Joaquin's use of body language conveys Joker's insanity perfectly, an element that is weirdly taken seriously. Though derivative, the cinematography also boasts a lot of good shots and the reuse of scenery was clever. On the other hand, the plot has a lot of lame bullshit in it - the Batman stuff was unnecessary and the attempts at social commentary end up being hyperbolic and idiotic. Although as a film centered on a single man's fantastic performance, this works well enough.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
65
64th
a strange, bizarre, moderately effective film that alternates between reasonably fun and very stupid. it is predominantly about the intersection of mental health and class. it undermines its own storytelling by too often removing any ambiguity, and many of the themes it explores would be more effective were it not willing to share too much with the audience. the sound editing is superb. I saw it in 70mm, but I didn't get killed. overall, a mixed bag of a viewing experience.
Rated 04 Oct 2019
96
98th
The acting was superb in this cinematographic masterpiece. I feel like a lot of criticism stems from this being so different than what recent years has brought in the way of superhero movies and shows. If you were to depict the superhero movies in a more realistic way, this movie might set the tone for that. Of course in the sense that something like this can never be entirely realistic. Well done!
Rated 05 Oct 2019
90
93rd
If you haven't figured this out by now, hey, Joaquin Phoenix is pretty good at this acting thing. He is spellbindingly good, in fact, as Arthur Fleck. This movie did whatever it wanted with me. It ramped up my tension at will. It tricked me every time it wanted to. It made me laugh in places where I felt bad for laughing. The only thing it didn't do (and this is just a personal gripe) is reconcile the age gap between Joker and Batman, harkening back to the TV series. Thank you for this, Joaquin.
Rated 23 Feb 2020
8
88th
I can't really say anything that hasn't already been said. Phoenix was amazing, maybe gave one of the best performances I've ever seen. I know people are quick to say it's dark and gritty, but I find it oddly relevant to today's society. Especially with a character who is supposedly fending off the rest of society, but ironically struggles to see his own identity and actions, which is pretty common with people who are bipolar amongst the other prevalent issues the character has.
Rated 04 Jan 2020
4
51st
Nothing here -- from the script to titular character's psychology - feels earned. It's a cheap melodrama masquerading as high art. And Phillips lays his influences (e.g. Network, a host of Scorsese) on thick, leaving no room for originality or depth. Yes, Pheonix is typically fantastic, but he can only elevate, rather than save, this film.
Rated 09 Oct 2019
40
38th
Too grim for me. It has been compared to "Taxi Driver" and I didn't like that either. It isn't fun, funny, thrilling, touching, interesting, etc. There's not much to get out of it, and it certainly doesn't entertain.
Rated 06 Oct 2019
98
96th
A slow burner of a descent into madness as his mind cracks and society decays around him, Phoenix's Fleck is disturbing and delusional. Fully immersed in a world of chaos and confusion, Phoenix offers up a complete transformation that very few have ever accomplished before him. It should leave you uncomfortable as you watch someone's brain splinter and lose grip on reality due to a mental illness.It's title refers to a character, the content gives criticism on how society handles mental illness
Rated 15 Oct 2019
75
45th
Interesting, unconventional score? Yes. Joaquin Phoenix on fire? Check. Memorable cinematography? Absolutely. Original, nuanced script with side-characters who act believably human, combined with insightful social and psychological observations? Ha ha HA HA haaaa...
Rated 05 Oct 2019
77
90th
The way it somehow holds back from exploding completely makes it better and more intense. Also love the subtle connection to Batman.
Rated 09 Oct 2019
90
84th
Fascinating and dark, Phoenix gives an amazing performance, even rivalling Heath Ledger, which I didn't think was possible. 'Joker' sticks to the characters personality while diverting from the source material. It's also erratically violent and one of the few movies I agree deserves an 18 rating, though it is all the better for it.
Rated 26 Jan 2020
71
39th
An odd duck, probably worthy of a rewatch; love or loathe Phillips' portrait of modern society, it is hard to look at the state of the world and not conclude he is putting his finger on some genuine (real or imagined) problems and mindsets that do exist. As with THE DARK KNIGHT, the notion we should "let the world burn" is a troublingly nihilistic and exclusionary one - but that's how we all came up Trumps. Phoenix's performance is an appropriately intense and frightening portrait of madness.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
70
54th
This takes "dark" to an extreme, without any touches of dark comedy, making it exceptionally creepy, like the scene with him bathing his mother. ???? The first third is pretty one-dimensional until the other early characters from Batman start appearing; making this the reality or history behind the canonical myths and legends in the Batman comics and Dark Knight movies. It's hard to compare Phoenix's performance with Heath Ledger's. They're both powerful, but I can almost here Ledger's versio
Rated 05 Oct 2019
50
22nd
You can appreciate some elements of this movie (cinematography, score, performance), but it just doesn't add up to a cohesive or satisfying movie experience as a whole. Significantly worse than its inspirations and just downright boring at times.
Rated 17 Oct 2019
85
88th
Where everything becomes a lie, every reality deceives as a real mask would do, a mask becomes a virtuous tool of truth-telling. But Arthur goes further. He becomes a mask. You lift the curtain and you see the same curtain. That's why he dances. He is a hunger artist. His jokes are not found funny, because they are tragically true. His laughter at the hypocrisy of society, and the universalizing negativity of his vulgarism. And how unsettling the fact that this dystopia feels real now. Great.
Rated 30 Oct 2019
78
58th
The film works so well as a character study that its stubborn attempts to shoehorn in social commentary actually bring down the film. Beyond maybe arguing that mental health services should be better funded, it has nothing interesting or nuanced to say, despite trying to make it look really hard like it does. Still, it's basically a $50m arthouse film and it looks gorgeous and Phoenix is amazing and at the end of the day it's a much more interesting film than any other blockbuster this year.
Rated 24 Nov 2019
78
62nd
Those who fear that "Joker" would glorify incel violence or otherwise can rest a little easier, but as I mentioned, the film isn't without its troubling portrayals. It does vilify the mentally ill, which creates a whole host of other issues. The movie swings wildly between "excellent" and just "okay," and sometimes even "meh." As such, it gets a recommendation, but only a mild one.
Rated 22 Dec 2019
74
45th
Much better than I was anticipating and, from what I can tell, sadly misunderstood & misinterpreted by a large segment of the population. Revelling in its own nihilism? Hardly. Come live in a metropolis where the imagery depicted is hardly fantasy -- where the mental health funding *is* slashed, where the mentally ill *are* lining the streets in camps, leading to an astonishing amount of socioeconomic instability -- and then tell me it's "hamfisted." An uncomfortable truth for most viewers.
Rated 07 Jan 2020
93
94th
Wait, so Batman is actually preventing the revolution and cleaning up the town on behalf of the rich and powerful? Fuck Batman.
Rated 18 Nov 2019
38
8th
Wow! With all the hype and box office returns I wasn't expecting this to be such mediocre crap! This works far better without the DC connection but even then it's fairly predictable with only Phoenix making it worth watching. But as a Joker origin tale it's really poor. There's nothing here to represent the Joker of the comics, and making him the product of childhood abuse and society being mean is just boring. Still, at least its now finally ok to like Gary Glitter again!
Rated 09 Oct 2019
80
89th
Taxi Driver for the social media/fake news/mental health awareness generation from the director of the Hangover starring River Phoenix's brother as a Batman villain.
Rated 26 Oct 2019
80
95th
Excellent take on the Joker brought to life by Joaquin.
Rated 13 Oct 2019
86
88th
put a bloody smile on your face
Rated 23 Dec 2019
85
83rd
I've never experienced anyone laughcry as well as this Phoenix fella. A familiar story (Taxi Driver and King of Comedy)told in a refreshing way. Beautifully shot and restored my faith in today's movies just a bit.
Rated 08 Dec 2019
85
90th
Now this is the kind of comic book movie I can get behind. It eschews all the brainless hokum present in the vast majority of comic books and is instead more of a character study of a psychologically unstable man trying to cope with a pretty tragic set of circumstances. It also serves as a more believable Joker origins story for The Dark Knight with the late Heath Ledger. Phoenix does justice to the role that Ledger made his own, and paves the way for a truly dark Batman movie in the future.
Rated 07 Oct 2019
85
88th
I'm not sure what to say. In a good way I think. You should definitely see it for yourself. To be clear, this is for adults, this is not a fun-and-games ride.
Rated 23 Dec 2019
93
92nd
Wow, an Oscar-bait film I actually really enjoyed. Joaquin Phoenix pulls out all the stops here, and does a good job making the audience believe that this mentally unstable person can one day become the Joker that we all know and love. Easily one of the best films of 2019
Rated 16 Oct 2019
75
95th
Everyone has an opinion about this without seeing; I was surprised by how much I liked it. By technical merits alone, it's very confidently directed by Phillips; hard to believe it was made by the same guy as "Due Date". Phoenix is scary good and should be nominated for an Oscar. 3rd standout is Gudnadottir's score which builds tension & mood and is used to great effect. I can see why some critics are against the film, but IMO it's not that different from films like Fight Club or Taxi Driver.
Rated 08 Oct 2019
91
98th
Masterpiece.
Rated 14 Nov 2019
36
31st
an empty product that pretends to be more than what it is. nice "kill the rich" (as in "kill the elite") message, though it does have some wrong concepts imo. anyway, using a mental illness as it's depicted here? that's, like, not cool. but oh well, what can i say, we live in a society after all.
Rated 12 Oct 2019
70
46th
Just as is the conversation surrounding the film, Joker is both fascinating and grating. Phoenix's performance is great and Phillips loves Scorsese, but those are two facts that are the trending topics of the year at this point. The sadness of the titular character and the society around him is thrust into the viewer's face with a booming orchestral score and shocking violence. Joker isn't any more "dangerous" than Taxi Driver or Fight Club, but certainly those misinterpreting it may be.
Rated 13 Nov 2019
75
79th
It totally rocks as an origin story of the Joker.
Rated 28 Dec 2019
0
0th
Hateful and gross. A sick love letter to school shooters and white male murderers. Staggeringly misguided and cruel. I hated everything about it. The film not only perpetuates but enhances the evil stigmas of mental illness while delivering such an ignorant diatribe on class disparity that it sings precisely the opposite tune, ultimately becoming the grotesquely energetic fever dream of a wealthy, fearmongering ignoramus. Despicable.
Rated 04 Oct 2019
21
60th
A film directed by someone not named Christopher Nolan trying to do their best at making a Christopher Nolan film.
Rated 06 Oct 2019
85
81st
Perhaps we are finally witnessing the maturity of the hero subgenre. The mainstream comics universe, be it Marvel or DC, sure has a multitude of themes to be worked with with more depth than the usual teen action movie and here we have a work that goes into the age-old discussion about the role of the Waynes in creating the inequalities that will inevitably culminate in the criminality that Bruce so much fights against. In the current state of affairs it sure sounds like a cautionary tale.
Rated 20 Jan 2020
92
97th
Phoenix is a phenomenon here, but Phillips also surprises by delivering his first proper directorial work. Brilliant.
Rated 24 Dec 2019
30
3rd
Joker presents itself as a serious and austere character study, and explicitly not as a superhero/supervillain type of movie. Yet there are two major problems with this movie: 1) it has a problematic relationship with its DC elements, and 2) it's not a very good character study. The latter is the most egregious; Arthur Fleck is as flat and thin as Papier-mâché. The only thing we really learn about him is that he's resentful and mentally ill, yet Joker forces us to spend two hours with him.
Rated 24 Oct 2019
93
89th
This movie is no joke.
Rated 14 Mar 2020
58
42nd
It's a credit to Warner's marketing department that Joker was so successful. Despite being a 'comic book film', it hardly screams blockbuster as the subject matter is quite dark, albeit superficially, and it's clear that it's a vehicle for a kind of vapid social critique. It's far more on the nose than its obvious reference points, lacking psychological complexity and well drawn characters, but it passes the time, and there are a few good scenes.
Rated 27 Jan 2020
94
98th
I loved this film. In a very psychological way we get to see the person behind the Joker and how he becomes the most interesting villain in movie history. This origin story fits in the series and stays believable. Joaquin Phoenix is marvelous and definitely Oscar worthy.
Rated 04 Oct 2019
85
49th
Gotta just say right off the bat, did not enjoy this as much as I was expecting to. that being said, it does get into a rhythm. its a pretty offputting take on the joker, im sure it was intentional, so I can forgive it some for trying something new. Once he really settled into the character you couldnt really look away. Think i'll need to see it again at some point.
Rated 06 Oct 2019
4
48th
The ending (endings?) On a whole fell somehwta flat for me. It's undeniably beautiful to look at. What it lacks in subtly it makes up for in style. Jokers standup was a G rated Neil Hamburger. Some say this is a sign of maturity in the superhero genre but have we already forgotten Logan?
Rated 10 Oct 2019
72
52nd
This has about 3 natural endings & would also make for a decent origin story for a clown based street gang from 'Warriors'. Also the Sam Morril 1 minute comedy set before the Joker comes on is actually pretty good. *water weakly fountains out of a fake flower*
Rated 23 Jan 2020
75
83rd
Not sure what to rate this exactly, score may go up a bit when I’ve had time to reflect or rewatch. The cringe moments involving Arthur in social situations aren’t for me, a bit too reminiscent of The Office if it was darker. The story of De Niro’s character is predictable from early on, but it’s still fascinating to watch it get there. Overall very well made film, and I really appreciate the dark tone it goes for. It’s not The Dark Knight, but it does its own thing well.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
98
98th
I looked at my Top Movies, from "Duck Amuck" at #1 downwards, and kept going as long as they were movies I'd rather see. It got a 98 for a place at number 11 in my all-timers. Excellent, excellent, excellent movie. At the end I was so proud of the patient for finding Art as Therapy, knew just how irrelevant "murder" was for him, and thanked fuck I didn't live in Gotham. Todd Philips asked "What'd need to happen for Jack Napier to disappear?" and found a way to answer in style. Movie style.
Rated 07 Oct 2019
40
13th
I was hoping the movie to be playful, dark and unsettling. What we got was dull, tame and forgettable. For all its seriousness and supposed exploration of mental illness, the movie didn't really have much to say about anything. I wonder what a director like Cronenberg might have done with a character like Joker. One can only hope.
Rated 13 Oct 2019
75
61st
If there is one thing that defines the Joker it's that he is a charismatic villain. This Joker is not a villain and definitely not charismatic. He is just a bad and mad person. Overall I think all those precautions in the movie theatres were unnecessary. Nobody will identify themselves with this Joker. No one will want to be like him. He is just a loser with a gun. He is not a manipulative, cunning mastermind behind a great and hidden scheme. He can never be an inspiration for a large crowd.
Rated 03 Oct 2019
88
92nd
I don't know the actual history behind The Joker, or if there even is one, and to be honest I'd rather he remain a mystery, but now it exists and I have to say that this was put together quite well. Phoenix does an amazing job with a role that could've easily been screwed up and the writing and direction is great. The scene with him in character for the first time dancing on the stairs is incredibly stupid but, besides that, this was great. A cruel world and how badly it treats the mentally ill
Rated 23 Nov 2019
53
62nd
The chaos in the last leg is worth praising. I would have let the last half-hour pull me into another 3. Yet, films like Fight Club and Requiem for a Dream were even more gritty and bleak 20 years ago. I'm feeling too jaded for these dark-green/blue, famous-actor-loses-50-pounds, oscar-baits.
Rated 20 Oct 2019
4
99th
After having waded through heaps of forgettable Netflix nonsense, I can say my faith in good cinema has been restored. I thought it'd be nigh impossible for any actor to equal Ledger's Joker, yet Phoenix has done so. Different, sure, but just as good, if not better. For whatever it's worth in this day and age, give the guy the Oscar he should 've won about 20 years ago. It's long overdue. Go and watch Joker, for its top spec thrills and chills and one hell of a performance by Joaquin Phoenix
Rated 30 Dec 2019
65
40th
The cinematography and soundtrack are nice, but the writing and plot are a total joke. Vilifying people with mental disorders, while also trying to excuse all the violence because "LOL IT'S OKAY HE'S CRAZY AND THEY DESERVE IT". It's gonna be yikes from me, dawg.
Rated 23 Dec 2019
75
68th
This movie and character feels made for Joaquin. And what better testament to an acting performance. Watch with care.
Rated 10 Jan 2020
56
7th
This film says nothing; has nothing to say about mental illness, violence, society. He comes into his own once violence heals him. Joaquin is great, but that's not surprising. The fact that senseless killings lead to protests is a slap in the face to activists everywhere. This is more muddled than TDKR. A shame, because we should look closer at the idea of billionaire Batman. (Watching Joker made me feel angry and violent and I am a pacifist)

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