Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in Todd Phillips s film. He joined The Times in and has written for the Book Review and The New York .Reviews. Reviews. "Joker" Is a Viewing Experience of Rare, Numbing Emptiness [The New Yorker] Brilliant and Unforgettable, "Joker" Borders on Genius [Observer] Interviews. "Joker" Director Todd Phillips Rebuffs Criticism of Dark Tone "We Didn t Make the Movie to Push Buttons" [The Wrap].The fact that the Joker is a white man is central to the film s plot. A black Joker A Dance Critic Reviews Joaquin Phoenix s Moves. Oct. .