"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.
"The true success of this film has everything to do with Joaquin Phoenix’s masterful performance."- Film Threat
"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." - Empire
"More character study than comic book movie, and anchored by an Oscar-worthy Joaquin Phoenix, 'Joker' is a bravura blockbuster that proves you don’t need superpowered scraps to dazzle." - Total Film
"As entertainment and provocation, 'Joker' is simply stupendous." - Rolling Stone
"Phoenix’s performance is astonishing." - Variety