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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 (588) | Top Critics (95)

Joaquin Phoenix, in another outstanding performance.

March 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Not only an intelligent throwback to the feel-bad shock cinema of the 1970s, Joker is all but unique in its social realism...

February 6, 2020 | Full Review…
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The result of these creative decisions, however, is that whatever power Joker, as a pop culture icon, might wield, Joker, as a movie, feels toothless.

December 6, 2019 | Full Review…
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Joker doesn't understand its representation of violence because it doesn't know what to do with its politics, opting instead for a confused aestheticization of anarchy, all incendiary chants and masked malcontents thronging the streets.

November 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Joker is a jumble - sometimes brilliant and sometimes trite. Among its flashes of excellence is a self-serious movie that isn't nearly as deep as it thinks it is.

October 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It knew what it was doing. The performance is so intense, with just the right register for the film...hard-boiled cinema, it managed to do something new...

October 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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