Despite Mounting Controversy, Joker Is Certified Fresh

As early reviews for Joker begin to post ahead of its opening weekend, the film is now officially Certified Fresh on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

The film currently has a professional critics score of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, awarding it the positive rating, with particular praise lauded on Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the eponymous villain. As the film progresses into its opening weekend, this score is likely to change as additional reviews stack up.

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In the weeks leading up the film's release, Joker has been met with considerable controversy and concerns over the content inspiring violence, leading movie theater chains and local law enforcement to proactively plan to address potential risks and security issues.

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CBR's own advance review of the film praised Phoenix's portrayal of the iconic DC character while referring to the overall movie and story as "an empty vessel," criticizing its relatively shallow plot.

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Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.

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