As @FilmUpdates recently tweeted, #Joker has been receiving unanimous praise from critics after its Venice debut, where it received a thunderous standing ovation, with critics calling it a “darkly funny“, “thrilling“, “tragic” “masterpiece” anchored by a “powerful, Oscar-worthy performance” from Joaquin Phoenix.
Premiered on August 31st, 2019 at the 76th Venice International Film Festival with positive reviews from critics and particular praise for Phoenix’s performance, it is scheduled to be theatrically released on October 4 (in the United States).
So, here’s what critics are saying after watching Joker at the Venice Film Festival:
#JokerMovie is an efficacious & disturbing film that’s equally meritorious & tragic. Phoenix’s roaring, monstrous performance as the Clown of Crime is so immaculate, so maestoso, it’s a prodigious accomplishment, and marks the apex of his already superlative career. #Venezia76 pic.twitter.com/YeHZg4WqHd
— International Film Critique (@IntFilmCritique) August 31, 2019
JOKER is a bold, bodacious love letter to Scorsese’s #TheKingOfComedy, told through the lens of DC’s most iconic villain. Dark, disturbing, brutal & sad, it’s about an abused man who doesn’t start living until he’s dead inside. Joaquin Phoenix is so damn good#JokerMovie pic.twitter.com/WCk1Ya4FFG
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) August 31, 2019
#Joker is a masterpiece. It’s FUCKED UP. This film is sinister and uncomfortable in the best way; I’m actually just shocked it exists… This is a DC film. And it is DARK AND DISTURBING. I am in pure awe and I’m actually delirious. I was not at all expecting that… #Venezia76 pic.twitter.com/tFFVGR2Alh
— Awais Irfan @ Venezia (@OasisAwais) August 31, 2019
I saw #Joker — and it is unlike anything before it. The movie is dark, thrilling, and chilling. An insane masterpiece.
The movie absolutely transcends being a comic book film and acts as a character study which, at times, will make audiences uncomfortable in wild ways. 10/10 pic.twitter.com/2B2mCkzbZy
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) August 31, 2019
If you had any doubts about seeing #Joker you should erase them. I can’t wait to see it again.
— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) August 31, 2019
#Joker is a masterpiece that ushers in a new era for comic-book villains on screen. Dark, twisted, and unafraid to tackle heady subjects in a provoking way. This movie won’t be for everyone. There’s a five minute montage where the Joker just asks ppl if they’ve played Danganronpa pic.twitter.com/eWNFcue5zc
— zak 🗣🍼💜💪 (@ZakKondratenko) August 31, 2019
#JokerMovie is a brilliant, terrifying character study. Joaquin Phoenix will haunt you with a performance for the ages, letting you see and feel the darkness within #Joker from head to toe. It’s disturbing because it’s supposed to be, leaving you uncomfortable yet fascinated. pic.twitter.com/AQbpoKlcFs
— Sean Gerber (@MrSeanGerber) August 31, 2019