Yonkers Joe Reviews

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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Mostly strong, that is, with the major exception of Tom Guiry's portrayal of Joe Jr. Painfully broad, Guiry practically sinks the film with garishly slack-jawed and over-the-top manchildishness.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 3, 2009
It's far from a natural, but somehow, some way, it makes its point.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 6, 2009
Celestino's bid to wrap everything up in tidy fashion feels at odds with the grittiness of the film's first two-thirds, but in the end, the movie's glimpse into a seldom-seen slice of life sticks with you.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
January 28, 2009
Palminteri helps the film earn very slight passing marks, if only mostly because it's interesting to see these old operators have to adapt their schemes for new times.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joel Keller
Cinematical
January 23, 2009
A very well-made and well-acted film, with a very touching story about fathers, sons, and the difficulties of raising special needs kids.
Stan Hall
Oregonian
January 23, 2009
The parts of Yonkers Joe that have to do with gambling are fun; unfortunately, they make up only half the movie.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 21, 2009
The typecast actor breaks out of his comfort zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2009
Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
January 13, 2009
Yonkers Joe is like a so-so trip to Vegas, one where you lose as much as you gain gambling. In other words, it's not the trip you're most likely to tell your friends about.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 9, 2009
An extremely awkward cross between Ocean's Eleven and Rain Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 9, 2009
A nicely photographed, mostly satisfying look at a gang of East Coast sharps and how they part marks from their money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 9, 2009
[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 | Original Score: B-
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
January 9, 2009
Heartfelt, well-acted but overly sincere drama of a smalltime hustler and the 20-year-old Down's syndrome son he's barely known.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 9, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com
January 8, 2009
If you can watch Yonkers Joe without thinking it's a mild Rain Man rip-off, you'll enjoy a film that could have been plagued with plot issues, but rises above it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
January 7, 2009
Lahti burns through a thinly written role with a surprising level of warmth and humanity, and Guiry is at times repellently convincing as a kid genetically incapable of either nuance or fakery.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
January 6, 2009
There's great potential to be a classic Vegas indie drama ala Swingers or The Cooler though it's only 60% its way to getting there.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 5, 2009
Yonkers Joe confirms that writer-director Robert Celestin knows his way around a local cash-stakes game of craps. It also proves, unfortunately, that his scripting skills need substantial honing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
December 10, 2008
While Celestino doesn't roll snake eyes exactly, Yonkers Joe could have prospered if the filmmaker had worried more about keeping the dice hot and had let viewers' hearts warm naturally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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