Yonkers Joe Reviews

November 17, 2011
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.
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.
January 16, 2009
Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story.
January 9, 2009
An extremely awkward cross between Ocean's Eleven and Rain Man.
January 9, 2009
A nicely photographed, mostly satisfying look at a gang of East Coast sharps and how they part marks from their money.
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.
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.
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.