Failed comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Ridicule, abuse and no money for his medication beg for sympathy even as Fleck begins a slow descent to homicidal maniac/criminal mastermind known as the Joker. Screenplay by Phillips and Scott Silver, Rated R, 120 minutes.
“Although it may be difficult to “like” this film in a conventional sense, it offers a powerful and unforgettable experience that few will find easy to shake.” –James Berardinelli -Reelviews
“Joaquin Phoenix boldly reinvents Batman’s cackling archnemesis in Todd Phillips’ dark new vision of the supervillain origin story, also starring Robert De Niro.” – David Rooney – The Hollywood Reporter