Besotted with the notion of its own audacity as if willful unpleasantness were a form of artistic courage the film turns out to be afraid of its own shadow, or at least of the faintest shadow of any actual relevance. It barely even works within the confines of its own genre, the comic book movie..Reviews. Joker Review Are You Kidding Me? [The New York Times]. "To be worth arguing about, a movie must first .The fact that the Joker is a white man is central to the film s plot. A black man in Gotham City really, New York in suffering from the same mysterious mental illnesses as Fleck would be homeless and Joker A Dance Critic Reviews Joaquin Phoenix s Moves Holly Andres for The New York Times .