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Poolhall Junkies Reviews

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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-

September 26, 2003
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

Full Review Source: Long Island Press

September 14, 2003
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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

September 7, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you saw this film, then you were hustled.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: D

August 31, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

When Christopher Walken saunters into Poolhall Junkies, he kicks it from so-so to worthwhile.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This brash little indie is oddly endearing and fun to be around.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 15, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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 Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2003
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY

It's disreputable, occasionally ludicrous and merely kinda fun.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 25, 2003
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

About as disposable as a B-movie can get.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 22, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2003
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

The snappy dialogue and cool characters provide enough pure entertainment to make this is a fun flick.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 21, 2003
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

I haven't enjoyed a cheesy, over-acted B-movie as much since Eddie And The Cruisers.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 21, 2003
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 21, 2003
Andy Klein
Dallas Observer

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.

Full Review Source: Dallas Observer

March 21, 2003
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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 Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6/10

March 12, 2003
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com

Dull and lifeless.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

March 7, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A poster of The Color of Money in one poolhall is less homage than ironic.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

March 6, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[A]ll of it just seems so familiar and so trite, we know exactly where this is going.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 4, 2003

Premiere Magazine

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 Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

March 4, 2003
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

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 Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D

March 1, 2003
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