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Joker (2019)

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Critic 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.

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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.

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Cast

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 (522) | Top Critics (56)

What the film wants to say - about mental illness or class divisions in society - is not as interesting as what it accidentally says about whiteness.

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…

A movie that borders on genius-repellant, dark, terrifying, disgusting, brilliant and unforgettable.

October 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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If there is a meaningful difference between performing and acting, Joaquin Phoenix surely exemplifies the former here, creepily contorting as the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips' timely, toxic take on the Making of a Murdering Madman.

October 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

While it succeeds in aping the superficial aspects of [Martin] Scorsese's style, "Joker" lacks the intelligence or gravitas of Scorsese's best work.

October 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A movie of a cynicism so vast and pervasive as to render the viewing experience even emptier than its slapdash aesthetic does.

October 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Bleak and juvenile

October 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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