Yonkers Joe (2009)



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

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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.
R (for language including sexual references.)
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Magnolia Pictures

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Chazz Palminteri
as Yonkers Joe
Michael Lerner
as Stanley
Roma Maffia
as Santini
Frank John Hughes
as Tom Vincent
Lauri Johnson
as Hammer
Dean Marrazzo
as Casino Manager
Bill Allison
as Pit Boss
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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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
Top Critic

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

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.

January 9, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Yonkers Joe

This is an all over the place indie that tries hard but is brutally inconsistent.....the ride just ain't worth it.

bill secor
bill secor

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
Sol C

Super Reviewer

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