Poolhall Junkies


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. 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."
  2. 75
    One of the things I like best about Poolhall Junkies is its lack of grim desperation.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Callahan mostly overcomes its grungy technical quality with entertaining dialogue, nervy confrontation scenes, decent thesping and some truly spectacular shooting on the green velvet.
  5. 50
    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.
  6. Like too many sports-related movies, this one falls back on that One Big Game, the final score that will set everything right.
  7. It isn't that nothing happens in Poolhall Junkies, it's that nothing interesting does.
  8. 40
    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.
  9. The proliferating subplots require many big emotional confrontations, so the movie seems to reach its climax 20 minutes in, and then every 15 minutes or so thereafter. This is fairly exhausting.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 30
    Callahan's feature debut is a one-way ticket to Palookaville.
  13. Plays out like a variation on an old design dictum: If you can't make it good, make it big.
  14. 10
    Looks like a cheap polyester suit, an entirely synthetic composite of scenes from other movies.
  15. Reviewed by: David Ng
    A movie that, in its unconditional embrace of an all-male subculture, amounts to little more than a rote circle jerk.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. GlennM.
    Mar 25, 2006
    Awsome film about hustling, wasn't meant to win an academy award and is exactly what you'd be looking for if you or buy it.
  2. Sebastian
    Jan 8, 2006
    Nice film :)