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
Watch On
  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. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    50
    Lahti burns through a thinly written role with a surprising level of warmth and humanity.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    50
    A mash-up of indie-film tropes.
  4. 50
    An extremely awkward cross between "Ocean's Eleven" and "Rain Man."
  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,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 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 »