Even though Joker initially released with more mainstream attention than most films in the same genre, and regardless of the fact that ticket sales have it on track to possibly being the highest-grossing R rated film worldwide—the film has lost its “fresh” status at Rotten Tomatoes.
The attention the film received in the week just before it released assuredly played into its massive opening box office take. From the banning of cosplay during its opening night to the reports of extra law enforcement positioned at theaters out of a concern for anticipated violence, controversy buzzed around the film like a swarm of angry bees.
When the big day came, and the film officially premiered, it received massive acclaim from a whole host of sources. However, where it really counted, with the critics and the paying general audience, there was a marked divide.
As a result, when first released, Joker garnered the much sought after Certified Fresh. However, now a few weeks later, Joker’s score has plummeted downward, to just under 70 percent.
You are probably thinking—didn’t Joker have a Certified Fresh rating at 69 percent? As a matter of fact, it did. But that has been written off as a glitch, as at the time, multiple reviews were still uploading.
Although Joker is sitting now at 68 percent, having lost its Certified Fresh rating, keep in mind that the percentage is still on the positive side. However, if the rating drops much more, and ends up below 60 percent, then Jokers rating will, unfortunately, turn to a Rotten score.
Although Joker had premiered in the Venice Film Festival to multiple accolades, even winning the Golden Lion Award, in most cases, and more often than not, those types of accolades do not parlay over into the opinions of the general viewing audiences.
It is worth noting that Joker has a very gritty and dark atmosphere to it, and there is always the possibility that this depressing atmosphere polarized the viewing audience, resulting in the lower percentage ratings.