Yonkers Joe (2009)



Critic Consensus: A solid cast adds subtlety to this otherwise schmaltzy and sometimes awkward gambling-flick-cum-family-drama.

Movie Info

Unexpected family challenges disrupt a small-time con artist's quest for the ultimate fool-proof scam in this affectionate family drama starring Christine Lahti and Chazz Palminteri.

Rating: R (for language including sexual references.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Celestino
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 19, 2009
Magnolia Pictures



as Yonkers Joe

as Stanley

as Santini

as Tom Vincent

as Casino Manager

as Pit Boss
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Critic Reviews for Yonkers Joe

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

As Janice, Christine Lahti is the pivot between father and son. The scenes between Janice and Joe Jr. are sweet, harrowing, movie-altering.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An extremely awkward cross between Ocean's Eleven and Rain Man.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

A nicely photographed, mostly satisfying look at a gang of East Coast sharps and how they part marks from their money.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

[Director] Celestino steers clear of the can't-miss pulp thriller that Yonkers Joe could've been, and goes for broke by giving it big dollop of schmaltz. His horse doesn't come in, but it runs a respectable race.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

For all its attention to detail, Yonkers Joe isn't half as tough as it pretends to be. The real story of these bottom-feeders and the sad young man they exploit is a lot uglier than the movie even begins to let on.

January 9, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Yonkers Joe

Middling drama about the trying for the big score. Not much really. Christine Lahti is far to fine an actress to be stuck in dreck like this.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Yonkers Joe succeeds very well as a family drama, with an authentic feel. The gambling aspects of the film were also interesting, though never fleshed out enough. But overall, I found Yonkers Joe to be pretty moving, with a lot of credit going to Chazz Palminteri with his spot on performance.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Great film!!!

Chazz Palminteri shines in the film. It is great seeing him in a leading role where he isn't the villain. He also has a great ensemble including Christine Lahti, Linus Roache, Michael Lerner, and Tom Guiry. Lahti has a great on screen chemistry with Palminteri. Great screenplay. I definitely recommend this film.

Sol C

Super Reviewer

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