Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 67
    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.
  2. 50
    An extremely awkward cross between "Ocean's Eleven" and "Rain Man."
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    50
    Lahti burns through a thinly written role with a surprising level of warmth and humanity.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    50
    A mash-up of indie-film tropes.
  5. 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.
  6. Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    10
    Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie 52% in the "Top Critics." I liked this movie with certain reservations that are peculiar to me. Yonkers, Atlantic City, Vegas, and two-bit hustlers engender in me a despondency that I don't even experience watching a movie about Auschwitz, for example. However, this movie was saved by its freshness. This is one of the most original screenplays I have seen in a while. Palminteri attacked this role stridently. If nothing else he was believable in that character. Setting the mood with the emphasis on "the old" Vegas was a genuinely nice touch. No Bellagios thank you. All in all this movie had an internal consistency with everything falling into place like a complete set, en suite, much like a deck of cards for example. Full Review »
  2. JayH
    May 14, 2009
    5
    Well meaning but I just never found it very engrossing. The acting is fine but no one is a stand out. It seemed longer than it's actual length. I just never cared much for any of the characters. Tom Guiry's performance doesn't ring true. Full Review »