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Poolhall Junkies Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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
JoBlo
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
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 28, 2003
It's good for a little engaging diversion, provided you find casual self-destructiveness, foul language and the occasional brutal beating diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2003
Is this a great movie? Not at all. Is it more or less consistently entertaining? Yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 27, 2003
Brassy and energetic, first-time director Mars Callahan's vividly photographed ode to the seductive allure of professional sharking succeeds in making the game seem genuinely kinetic and thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Rudolph
Slant Magazine
February 14, 2003
A brassy bit of entertainment that makes up in hard-boiled showmanship what it lacks in subtlety.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
December 23, 2002
With some noteworthy pool shots; and some Hustler sized plotting thrown in, Martin's film is quite a watch.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2003
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Hollywood Reporter
August 20, 2003
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AV Club
February 27, 2003
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