Poolhall Junkies

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  • Summary: The story of a compulsive gambler (Callahan) who has managed to overcome his obsession, but is drawn back into the world of pool-shooting when he needs to try to save his brother (Rosenbaum).
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sebastian
    Jan 8, 2006
    Nice film :)
  2. 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.

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