Poolhall Junkies

Metascore
36

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. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Callahan mostly overcomes its grungy technical quality with entertaining dialogue, nervy confrontation scenes, decent thesping and some truly spectacular shooting on the green velvet.
  3. 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.
  4. Like too many sports-related movies, this one falls back on that One Big Game, the final score that will set everything right.
  5. It isn't that nothing happens in Poolhall Junkies, it's that nothing interesting does.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
User Score
8.4

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
    10
    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
    10
    Nice film :)