Poolhall Junkies Reviews

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 26, 2003
The fast-paced picture sizzles with energy, and it's a tour de force for Mars Callahan, who co-wrote and directed.
| Original Score: A-
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
September 14, 2003
A lowlife billiards drama that lacks the drive and edginess of the classic The Hustler, Poolhall Junkies does get by on its humor, energy and earnest charm.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 7, 2003
With a better lead and more inspired direction, Poolhall Junkies might have been decent entertainment. But Callahan the actor is the biggest liability in Callahan the director's film.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 31, 2003
If you saw this film, then you were hustled.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2003
When Christopher Walken saunters into Poolhall Junkies, he kicks it from so-so to worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2003
This brash little indie is oddly endearing and fun to be around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 13, 2003
Though there's not much in Poolhall Junkies we haven't seen many times before, the film manages to remain mostly entertaining due mostly to some surprisingly effective performances and a brisk pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Nayman
March 25, 2003
It's disreputable, occasionally ludicrous and merely kinda fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 22, 2003
About as disposable as a B-movie can get.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 21, 2003
Whatever you want to say about this Mars Callaghan -- who is an avid cue-man in real life -- he would seem to be able to sink anything. Darned if he doesn't make this whole movie disappear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
March 21, 2003
The snappy dialogue and cool characters provide enough pure entertainment to make this is a fun flick.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
March 21, 2003
I haven't enjoyed a cheesy, over-acted B-movie as much since Eddie And The Cruisers.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
March 21, 2003
As a director, Callahan wants the verve that Martin Scorsese brought to The Color of Money, but his visual approach is careless, relying too much on clichéd slo-mo and hasty edits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Andy Klein
Dallas Observer
March 21, 2003
The result is by no means the embarrassment that many such offerings from unjustifiably vain actor-auteurs have been, but nor does it present much of anything new or compelling to demand one's attention.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 12, 2003
The movie does feature enough amiable characters to keep you interested throughout and even more so if you're a fan of pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nick Schager
March 7, 2003
Dull and lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 6, 2003
A poster of The Color of Money in one poolhall is less homage than ironic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2003
[A]ll of it just seems so familiar and so trite, we know exactly where this is going.

Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2003
This film seems destined to join the ranks of such 'classics' as Showgirls, Rock Star, and other debacles that are so atrociously campy that they end up being fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
March 1, 2003
It's the sort of movie where someone can describe a character as being from 'the good side of the tracks' and mean it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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