Yonkers Joe


Yonkers Joe

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 22


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Robert Celestino's drama Yonkers Joe stars Chazz Palminteri as an aging gambler and professional cheat. Although Joe is quite good at his various unethical endeavors, he feels guilt about his chosen profession. He has a grown son (Tom Guiry) who suffers from Down syndrome, and the dad firmly believes that the ailment is some sort of punishment. When the difficult to control son leaves the institution that has cared for him, Yonkers Joe tries to reconnect with him, while also planning a big score that will allow the son to live in comfort and safety.

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Critic Reviews for Yonkers Joe

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

  • 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.

    Aug 8, 2009 | Full Review…
  • As Janice, Christine Lahti is the pivot between father and son. The scenes between Janice and Joe Jr. are sweet, harrowing, movie-altering.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • An extremely awkward cross between Ocean's Eleven and Rain Man.

    Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A nicely photographed, mostly satisfying look at a gang of East Coast sharps and how they part marks from their money.

    Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: B-

    Noel Murray

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Audience Reviews for Yonkers Joe

  • Aug 07, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    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
  • Oct 05, 2009
    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 n Super Reviewer

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