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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Stole so many details from the earlier film, "The Hustler," that you have to think of it as either a bad parody or an unfortunate homage. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the things I like best about Poolhall Junkies is its lack of grim desperation. show more

  • 50
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Like too many sports-related movies, this one falls back on that One Big Game, the final score that will set everything right. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    For all his skill with a cue, the charisma-challenged Callahan is no Nia Vardalos in the acting department -- let alone a Paul Newman or Tom Cruise. show more

  • 38
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    If the art of a true hustler is, as Joe puts it, "beating a man out of his money and making him like it," Callahan blows it big-time with any mark who shells out to see his film. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Brassy and energetic, first-time director Mars Callahan's vividly photographed ode to the seductive allure of professional sharking succeeds in making the game seem genuinely kinetic and thrilling. show more

  • 25
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Plays out like a variation on an old design dictum: If you can't make it good, make it big. show more

  • 80
    Chicago Reader

    The movie can't live up to Robert Rossen's 1961 classic, "The Hustler" but with its strong performances, neatly crafted script, and low-budget feel, it comes a lot closer than "The Color of Money." show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy Variety

    Callahan mostly overcomes its grungy technical quality with entertaining dialogue, nervy confrontation scenes, decent thesping and some truly spectacular shooting on the green velvet. show more

  • 40
    Andy Klein Dallas Observer

    The result is by no means the embarrassment that many such offerings from unjustifiably vain actor-auteurs have been, but nor does it present much of anything new or compelling to demand one's attention. show more

  • March 06, 2012 hechtbooks
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    Slow, boring, characters not impressive at all.

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