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-
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.
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
If you saw this film, then you were hustled.
| Original Score: D
When Christopher Walken saunters into Poolhall Junkies, he kicks it from so-so to worthwhile.
| Original Score: 2/4
This brash little indie is oddly endearing and fun to be around.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
It's disreputable, occasionally ludicrous and merely kinda fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
About as disposable as a B-movie can get.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
The snappy dialogue and cool characters provide enough pure entertainment to make this is a fun flick.
| Original Score: 3/5
I haven't enjoyed a cheesy, over-acted B-movie as much since Eddie And The Cruisers.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
The movie does feature enough amiable characters to keep you interested throughout and even more so if you're a fan of pool.
| Original Score: 6/10
Dull and lifeless.
A poster of The Color of Money in one poolhall is less homage than ironic.
| Original Score: 1/4
[A]ll of it just seems so familiar and so trite, we know exactly where this is going.
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.
It's the sort of movie where someone can describe a character as being from 'the good side of the tracks' and mean it.