Joker - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Joker is very intentionally silly and gets cute at times. It keeps things simple despite the seemingly complicated situation it gets itself into and it is clean. If you don't mind some childish fun, wait for the DVD release. And if you do, you are better off skipping it.



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48 reviewers have given Joker an average rating of 0.5/5.0 (?)

1 yays
40 nays
7 so-so

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Thumbs down by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...It all goes down from there however, as the ludicrous is piled upon by more ludicrous, and the jokes are just plain unfunny. ... full review

Thumbs down by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Amid all this barrage of unrelenting idiocy, one’s heart does go out to Akshay Kumar, poor soul foisted with this joke of a film.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Nonsense comedies, however, are rarer – these are films where the audience has to be reasonably alert, tuning their antennae to a certain frequency, a certain vibe, and at least for a while, it seemed to me that Shirish Kunder was on to a solid nonsense comedy with Joker... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...a disappointment due to its mediocre and awful treatment (including the script, execution or direction)... full review

Thumbs down by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice ...Although really not that bad as some are making it out to be, there is no doubt that this Joker could have been funnier.... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the brighter side, the setting and structures look magical and to build an entire story around a desolate village must have been enchanting. ... full review

Thumbs down by rathamesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life ...can easily be called the joke of the year….and a bad one!... full review

Thumbs down by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...Performance-wise, Akshay Kumar pulls off a sincere effort. But even a bankable actor like him cannot save a weak script like that. ... full review

Thumbs down by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...But despite the short length the film loses pace just before the climax. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ... it’s too silly to be effective satire, it’s too insincere to be a help-the-poor plea (like Swades), its tackiness ruins the small sci-fi bit, it’s not cute enough to appeal to kids... full review

Thumbs down by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Whatever Hollywood may have us believe, according to Bollywood, aliens are not just dullards, but will pick the dumbest amongst us for friends, and as dance partners.... full review

So-So by Smita, Desi Martini ...Take the kids and enjoy this movie. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...The best part about Sirish Kunder's Akshay Sonakshi starrer Joker is that it runs for an hour and forty five minutes only. ... full review

Thumbs down by Akanksha Naval-Shetye, DNA ...Punctuated by unrequired songs, the film goes on from being silly to bizarre to ridiculous, all in a rather short span of time. ... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Joker would scare aliens away... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ... Like the Indian cricket team this film is so strong on paper that its genuine talent shines through its lacklustre and downright shoddy execution. ... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...Shirish Kunder’s Joker isn’t short on starting premises. But a film that hopes to fly all these kites simultaneously can only be setting itself up for a spectacular fall. And boy, does it crash and burn.... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...The performances are over- the- top , the narration lacks the spoofyness that could have made the film enjoyable and the VFX is just woefully substandard.... full review

Thumbs down by Nupur Barua, ...The concept may be a rather unusual one, but to translate it into a movie is not something that the director seems equipped to do. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, ...Poor Shreyas Talpade, he is left mouthing some gibberish, which in the end only the aliens understand. ... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, ...Music by Gaurav Gangaonkar and G.V.Prakash is pretty average.... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...staggeringly inept... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...just as you’re confronted with an unpredictable twist in the tale, the film comes to a screeching halt. Once again, an opportunity wasted. ... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...We just had Salman un-Salman himself in Ek Tha Tiger and now we have Akshay un-Akshay himself in Shirish Kunder’s Joker. And that remains the only good thing to be said about this curiously ridiculous film.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Can kids watch this, I asked myself as I watched this all-over-the-place faradiddle. And then I dismissed it. Because even children, especially children, need a story that holds, and characters that engage. ... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...The fundamental flaw of the film is that the moment where you feel there's something actually happening in the story, the film ends. ... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...You fail to understand what the director was thinking?!... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Sonakshi Sinha mostly clings on to Akki’s arm as his girlfriend Diva... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...all these bizarre events don’t arouse laughter, or even gasps. They are futile details in a dull, pointless story.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...They didn’t need an actor of Shreyas’ calibre to do his role.... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...downright silly and predictable but does make you laugh at some places... full review

Thumbs down by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...Written and Directed by Shirish Kunder, the basic plot was indeed interesting but unfortunately the final result was completely destroyed because of some very poor writing. ... full review

So-So by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...proceedings get a little too fantastical and unconvincing even in this distorted reality... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...What Joker delivers in the garbled guise of the genre plumbs such depths of vapidity that it stands no chance of ever coming up for air.... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...ham fest at best... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Kumar suddenly understands Talpade's most inadequate sign-language -- Akshay eventually comes off as a rude jerk. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...It would be a shame to even talk about technical aspects in the film except to say that I am thankful this movie wasn’t released in 3D as was originally announced. ... full review

So-So by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster just OK... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...While one admires that Kunder has kept the comedy clean and devoid of vulgarity, it does not excuse the comedy turning bland. ... full review

Thumbs down by K N Gupta, ...Neither the plot nor the screenplay justifies the movie.... full review

Thumbs down by Bhawana Somaiyya, Star Blockbuster ...The pack of cards and Joker used as metaphors for Pagalpur village is contradictory.... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Akshay Kumar once again gets into his slapstick genre and presents the same old loud and crass comedy while his new partner in crime Sonakshi Sinha too surprises with the mediocrity of her acting.... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ... if only the actual film had at least one good joke.... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, ...someone needs to get this director’s creativity to calm down a bit. ... full review

So-So by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Joker is literally a mad comedy, its real star its jokes... full review

Thumbs down by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...A totally silly plot involving a con regarding aliens gets more and more stupid and juvenile as the film runs on, while totally lacking in the fun and games department. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...the intermediate level of VFX and the pre-school humour only ensure that it loses even without competition. ... full review

Thumbs down ZEENEWS.COM ...the best thing about ‘Joker’ – undoubtedly the gorgeous Chitrangada Singh, who rocks in ‘Kaafirana’. Wish there was more her in the film. Watch it for her, if you must. ... full review