Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Joker Gets 8-Minute Standing Ovation At Premiere

Joker Gets 8-Minute Standing Ovation At Premiere

VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Joaquin Phoenix walks the red carpet ahead of the "Joker" screening during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 31, 2019 in Venice, Italy.

As the film ended, it got an eight-minute standing ovation amid shouts of "Bravo!" at its conclusion. Joker is something of a change for writer-director Todd Phillips, who previously made the Hangover and Old School comedies. As it stands, Joker has a very high 88% on the popular aggregator site with an average critic rating of 9/10.

Here's our roundup of the first reactions to Joker. It's not all love though; we've also included some of what the negative reviews - by far the minority at the moment - are saying.

The LA Times also praised Phoenix's performance, writing that he "delivers the kind of meticulously detailed psychotic breakdown that he does better than just about any American actor now working".

Joaquin Phoenix threw himself into playing the Joker by losing so much weight he went mad. At least I did. "It's so unpredictable and there's a long way to go", before doubling down on one movie, "Joker, for sure".

The Guardian hailed the film "gloriously daring and explosive", giving it five stars. It's a tale that's nearly as twisted as the man at its centre, bulging with ideas and pitching towards anarchy.

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Joker is in cinemas from 4 October.

Alberto Barbera believes the Joaquin Phoenix-led film based on the DC Comics character will be a contender at the 2020 Academy Awards during an interview with Deadline.

The Wrap, meanwhile, says Joker is "comic book nihilism. wrapped up in a convincing but ultimately hollow simulacra of better, smarter movies". I felt like I had to be able to do it on the spot and in front of somebody else.

"The first thing for us was the weightloss - I think that's really what I started with", he told The Hollywood Reporter at a Venice Film Festival press conference.

Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

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