Reviews: Joker (2019)

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  • Siddhant Adlakha @ Firstpost
    • Excerpt: It’s admittedly hard to imagine a film like Joker inspiring real-world violence — or inspiring much of anything.
  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Joker è un racconto d’origini, ma la definizione gli va stretta. L’intuizione dei due sceneggiatori Phillips e Silver è quella di farne un fratello di sangue di Travis Bickle e di Rupert Pupkin, un uomo perduto e malato, che cerca una salvezza impossibile.
  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • [New] | Rick Aragon @
    • Excerpt: In the ten-plus years of reviewing films, Joker is the first one where I left trembling after what I saw, a mixture of shock and horror blended with a respect as to how well the film worked.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: the film’s main asset is Phoenix’s insane tour de force, the actor projecting a tortured physique, his torso twisted and ribs projecting as he moves with a grace that can only be called balletic.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: After all the critical adulation, it’s a punchline worthy of the Clown Prince of Crime himself that Joker isn’t very good.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Joker is well-made and full of interesting choices that all feel hollow when you consider what the movie is trying to say — the answer: not much.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Joaquin Phoenix is a great enough performer to elevate material that is otherwise boring, banal, and basic.
  • Rob DiCristino @ F This Movie
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]
  • Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod [Romanian]
    • Excerpt: Iterations of Batman and his fictional universe are everywhere at the moment…So it’s logical that Phillips, however pretentiously, tries to imbue his take with some specificity essentially by taking it out of its nominal genre.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Joaquin Phoenix is indeed great. He swings for the fences in a scenery-chewing role.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Not fit to lick the boots of Martin Scorsese or Christopher Nolan, though the height of its ambition appears to be its desperation to do so. A movie as pathetically ineffectual as its protagonist.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Joker will challenge your black and white view of the world with a, “But it’s not his fault” excuse you would normally toss aside in the real world.
  • Dan Lybarger @ eFilmCritic.com
    • Excerpt: From watching his latest movie, I can tell that Todd Philips loves the movies Martin Scorsese made in the 1970s and 80s as much as I do. As much as I’d like to sit back with him and down a beer or two discussing those films, it’s disheartening that his own, dark gritty film makes me want to run back to my DVDs of the good stuff.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [One German, one English]
    • Excerpt: A movie that acts – and by all accounts thinks – that it has something to say politically and artistically, when it is merely a showcase for aimless nihilism and a director hopelessly out of his depth.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: What should have been the most electrifying comic book picture of the year is actually one of its most shocking duds.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: This thing has a towering performance from Phoenix, who becomes the best to ever do it (‘it’ being the ultimate acting challenge of depicting the clown who fights Batman).
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Everything that captivates us about Arthur is inevitably forgotten and everything he becomes is beholden to familiar tropes. It does look great, but I left feeling nothing.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: After all the speculation, adulation, and accusations paving the way for me on the way to seeing Joker, the final product is compelling enough, without becoming something grander.
  • Matt Oakes @ Silver Screen Riot
    • Excerpt: With Phoenix’s Bleak ‘JOKER’, a Good Punchline Can Re-Write History
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Yes, It’s that Good!
  • Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Todd Phillips turns ‘Joker’ into a dark and terrifying character study with the help of Joaquin Phoenix’s stunning, bone-chilling performance.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Joker is a bleak, hateful movie. Phillips and his art direction team stack piles of garbage high on Gotham’s city streets to match what we see with what the movie wants us to feel. It’s oppressive and overwhelming.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens