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Joe the King (1999)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Actor Frank Whaley makes his directorial debut with Joe the King, a downbeat drama about a 14-year-old boy coming of age in an abusive and uncaring environment. When he was nine, Joe Henry (Noah Fleiss) lied to his friends about his father's job because he was ashamed that his father was the school janitor; in turn, he was humiliated in front of his class. Five years later, things are much worse; his father (Val Kilmer) has become a violent alcoholic who can't hold a job, while his mother (Karen

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Feb 15, 2000

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (9) | DVD (3)

Even with warts and all, "Joe the King" is a very worthwhile drama.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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An uncompromising but wonderful film that reinforces the saying 'Never judge a person until you've walked in their shoes.'

October 5, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A very tough, very real film, anchored by the memorable work of the two leads.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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An excellent piece of entertainment. The cast is undeniably brilliant.

September 19, 2002
Moviehole

a deeply sad picture of mistreated youth, told with considerable skill, and blessedly shorn of sentimentality

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Unfortunately, Whaley opts to take the sentimental route, providing easy, crowd-pleasing answers to the serious questions he raises.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Joe the King

What a depressing movie!? That poor kid! It really makes you wonder just how many kids are suffering that way on a daily basis. It also makes you appreciate what you've got.
June 6, 2010
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