Joaquin Phoenix

Biography: This intense actor's early years were seemingly as dramatic as any of his film roles. As children, the Phoenix siblings---including Summer and the late River---traveled the world with their missionary hippie parents. In the 1980s the Phoenixes worked as child actors, and eldest River became a breakout star. Billed under the name Leaf, Joaquin did his share of TV guest spots and small film roles, notably as a disaffected teen in the 1989 movie Parenthood. He then disappeared from showbiz for six years, during which time he reverted to his given name and watched River die from a drug overdose outside a Los Angeles nightspot. (Joaquin's desperate 911 call was played ad nauseam on the news for months.) In 1995 he made a triumphant return to the big screen in the black comedy To Die For as an easily manipulated teen murderer. Although his next film, Inventing the Abbotts, failed to register at the box office, it sparked a romance with costar Liv Tyler. A turning point for the actorThis intense actor's early years were seemingly as dramatic as any of his film roles. As children, the Phoenix siblings---including Summer and the late River---traveled the world with their missionary hippie parents. In the 1980s the Phoenixes worked as child actors, and eldest River became a breakout star. Billed under the name Leaf, Joaquin did his share of TV guest spots and small film roles, notably as a disaffected teen in the 1989 movie Parenthood. He then disappeared from showbiz for six years, during which time he reverted to his given name and watched River die from a drug overdose outside a Los Angeles nightspot. (Joaquin's desperate 911 call was played ad nauseam on the news for months.) In 1995 he made a triumphant return to the big screen in the black comedy To Die For as an easily manipulated teen murderer. Although his next film, Inventing the Abbotts, failed to register at the box office, it sparked a romance with costar Liv Tyler. A turning point for the actor came in 2000 when his deliciously villainous turn in Gladiator earned him an Oscar nod. His fiery style was subsequently put to use in a number of high-profile projects, including Quills and Signs. In 2005 Phoenix earned rave reviews, a Golden Globe award and his second Oscar nomination for playing Johnny Cash in the 2005 biopic Walk the Line, which featured Phoenix performing his own singing for the part. In other musical ventures, he has directed music videos---including videos for Silversun Pickups and Albert Hammond Jr. Away from the silver screen, he is a social activist, championing animal rights and supporting charitable organizations such as Amnesty International and the Peace Alliance. Expand

Joaquin Phoenix's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 61
Highest Metascore: 90 Her
Lowest Metascore: 19 8MM
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
33 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
78 My Darling Vivian Jun 19, 2020 Self tbd
59 Joker Oct 3, 2019 Arthur Fleck / Arthur Fleck / Arthur Fleck/Joker / Arthur Fleck/Joker / Arthur/Joker / Arthur/Joker / Joker / Joker tbd
48 Mary Magdalene Apr 12, 2019 Jesus / Jesus / Jesus / Jesus tbd
78 The Sisters Brothers Sep 21, 2018 Charlie Sisters 7.4
67 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Jul 13, 2018 John Callahan 7.0
84 You Were Never Really Here Apr 6, 2018 Based On The Book By / Joe / Joe 7.3
53 Irrational Man Jul 17, 2015 Abe / Abe / Abe / Abe tbd
81 Inherent Vice Dec 12, 2014 Doc Sportello / Doc Sportello / Larry "Doc" Sportello 7.3
77 The Immigrant May 16, 2014 Bruno Weiss / Bruno Weiss / Bruno Weiss / Bruno Weiss 4.0
90 Her Dec 18, 2013 Theodore / Theodore / Theodore Twombly 8.6
86 The Master Sep 14, 2012 Freddie Sutton / Freddie Quell / Freddie Sutton 7.3
48 I'm Still Here Sep 10, 2010 Producer / Writer / Himself 6.0
74 Two Lovers Feb 13, 2009 Leonard Kraditor 8.6
46 Reservation Road Oct 19, 2007 Ethan Learner / Ethan Learner 6.6
59 We Own the Night Oct 12, 2007 Producer / Producer / Bobby Green / Bobby Green tbd
72 Walk the Line Nov 18, 2005 John R. Cash / John R. Cash tbd
32 It's All About Love Oct 29, 2004 John / John 6.4
47 Ladder 49 Oct 1, 2004 Jack Morrison 7.8
44 The Village Jul 30, 2004 Lucius Hunt 6.7
48 Brother Bear Oct 24, 2003 Kenai 7.0
56 Buffalo Soldiers Jul 25, 2003 Ray Elwood 8.2
59 Signs Aug 2, 2002 Merrill Hess 7.4
70 Quills Nov 22, 2000 The Abbe Du Coulmier 7.4
58 The Yards Oct 20, 2000 Willie Gutierrez 8.6
67 Gladiator May 5, 2000 Commodus 8.9
19 8MM Feb 26, 1999 Max California 4.7
46 Clay Pigeons Sep 25, 1998 Clay Bidwell 7.5
54 Return to Paradise Aug 14, 1998 Lewis McBride 6.8
49 Inventing the Abbotts Apr 4, 1997 Doug Holt 6.4
86 To Die For Sep 27, 1995 Jimmy Emmett 8.8