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Poolhall Junkies Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2003
[A]ll of it just seems so familiar and so trite, we know exactly where this is going.
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com
March 7, 2003
Dull and lifeless.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 1, 2003
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 | Original Score: D
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2003
The film groans under the weight of its platitudes no matter how lightly Johnny dances around a pool table.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
February 26, 2003
What this film seriously lacks in originality it makes up for with a remarkable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 31, 2003
If you saw this film, then you were hustled.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 26, 2003
An unwieldy jumble of empty tough-guy gestures.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 27, 2003
Overplotted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 28, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 28, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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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
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
March 25, 2003
It's disreputable, occasionally ludicrous and merely kinda fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stacie Hougland
Hollywood.com
March 1, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 1, 2003
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.
Dan Fazio
Citysearch
February 27, 2003
Poolhall Junkies is a bad movie, but admirable in a way for its sheer effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
February 28, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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David Ng
Village Voice
February 25, 2003
Low-grade billiard porn that earnestly believes in its own transparent hustle.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
February 27, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
February 27, 2003
A one-way ticket to Palookaville.
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