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The Guardian

Joaquin Phoenix provides a comic-book hero for the left behind with Joker, a brilliantly insurrectionist origins story. It?s a tale that?s almost as twisted as the man at its centre, bulging with ideas and pitching towards anarchy.

Read review Xan Brooks
Time Out

Joaquin Phoenix is devastating as the villain-in-the-making in this incendiary tale of psychological escape and psychopathy.

Read review Phil de Semlyen
The Hollywood Reporter

Not to discredit the imaginative vision of the writer-director, his co-scripter and invaluable tech and design teams, but Phoenix is the prime force that makes 'Joker' such a distinctively edgy entry in the Hollywood comics industrial complex.

Read review David Rooney
Vanity Fair

The movie is, for a good stretch, a troubling and arresting character study, one done with nervy conviction. Eventually, though, Phillips has to more tightly attach this downward spiral to the larger Gotham mythology.

Richard Lawson
The Wrap

'Joker' is ultimately grim-and-gritty comic book nihilism jacked up to the nth degree, wrapped up in a convincing but ultimately hollow simulacra of better, smarter movies.

Read review Alonso Duralde

Bold, devastating and utterly beautiful, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have not just reimagined one of the most iconic villains in cinema history, but reimagined the comic book movie itself.

Read review Terri White

Joaquin Phoenix is astonishing as a mentally ill geek who becomes the killer-clown Joker in Todd Phillips' neo-'Taxi Driver' knockout: the rare comic-book movie that expresses what's happening in the real world.

Read review Owen Gleiberman
The Playlist

'Joker' is so aesthetically impressive, effective, and persuasive of its own reality that you see clearly how easily it could be (mis)interpreted

Read review Jessica Kiang

'Joker' is the boldest and most exciting superhero movie since 'The Dark Knight'. It's also incendiary, confused, and potentially toxic.

Read review David Ehrlich

The movie?s cracks ? and it?s practically all cracks ? are stuffed with phony philosophy. 'Joker' is dark only in a stupidly adolescent way, but it wants us to think it?s imparting subtle political or cultural wisdom.

Read review Stephanie Zacharek