Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle
Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story. show more
Lou Lumenick New York Post
An extremely awkward cross between "Ocean's Eleven" and "Rain Man." show more
Lahti burns through a thinly written role with a surprising level of warmth and humanity. show more
Los Angeles Times
A mash-up of indie-film tropes. show more
Stephen Holden The New York Times
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. show more
Noel Murray The A.V. Club
Yonkers Joe is largely concerned with the delicate balance between a crook's business life and his personal life--a balance the movie itself has trouble managing effectively. show more
January 30, 2009 mellkymail
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The professional reviewers are slap out of their heads. I am so tired of the professional critics and "The Academy" telling me that some endlessly long brooding dimly lit pointless drivel is high art and something that's actually entertaining isn't. I saw this film at a film festival when it first made its debut, and Chazz was there in person at the end, and it was what a movie is SUPPOSED to be - entertaining, easy to watch, and actually worth the price of a ticket, what a concept. The sleight of hand is lightning fast, real, impressive and fascinating and the storyline actually original for a change, and it's engrossing enough to take your mind off the bad news for a while - again, exactly what a film is SUPPOSED to do. If this film is showing in your city, go see it now while you have the chance, since if the critic reviews are any indication, some 3 hour long pointless but highly lauded introspective naval-gazing sepia-toned saga will soon take its place.
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