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Poolhall Junkies Reviews

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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
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.

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March 4, 2003
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com

Dull and lifeless.

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

March 7, 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
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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The film groans under the weight of its platitudes no matter how lightly Johnny dances around a pool table.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2003
Rebecca Murray
About.com

What this film seriously lacks in originality it makes up for with a remarkable cast.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: C+

February 26, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
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If you saw this film, then you were hustled.

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

August 31, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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An unwieldy jumble of empty tough-guy gestures.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

February 26, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Overplotted.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This film coulda been a contender if Callahan hadn't worn so many hats -- but it has moments that make it worth waiting for on video.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 28, 2003
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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90 minutes of slow-leaking, macho stomach gas, in which everyone talks like they were on brawny pills and every tawdry song on the soundtrack makes you feel as if you were trapped in a lap dance club.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

February 28, 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
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
Stacie Hougland
Hollywood.com

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 1, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

I guess this is an attempt at Realism, or maybe Grit. This is neither; it's just plain bad writing in a film that shouldn't have been made.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

March 1, 2003
Dan Fazio
Citysearch

Poolhall Junkies is a bad movie, but admirable in a way for its sheer effort.

Full Review Source: Citysearch | Original Score: 3/10

February 27, 2003
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

It's easy to like Mars Callahan -- the writer-director-star of `Poolhall Junkies' -- but the problem is he seems to like himself even more.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 2/4

February 28, 2003
David Ng
Village Voice
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Low-grade billiard porn that earnestly believes in its own transparent hustle.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 25, 2003
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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If it's hard to make a Western without John Wayne, it's even tougher to film a pool hall flick without Paul Newman -- as Poolhall Junkies proves.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2003
Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
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A one-way ticket to Palookaville.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 27, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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October 18, 2008
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2003

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February 27, 2003

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August 20, 2003
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