Joe the King
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Actor Frank Whaley makes his directorial debut with Joe the King, a downbeat drama about a 14-year-old boy coming of age in an abusive and uncaring environment. When he was nine, Joe Henry (Noah Fleiss) lied to his friends about his father's job because he was ashamed that his father was the school janitor; in turn, he was humiliated in front of his class. Five years later, things are much worse; his father (Val Kilmer) has become a violent alcoholic who can't hold a job, while his mother (Karen Young) is harsh and unloving. Joe works illegally as a dishwasher to help support the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even with warts and all, "Joe the King" is a very worthwhile drama."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"An excellent piece of entertainment. The cast is undeniably brilliant."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"An uncompromising but wonderful film that reinforces the saying 'Never judge a person until you've walked in their shoes.'"
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"a deeply sad picture of mistreated youth, told with considerable skill, and blessedly shorn of sentimentality"
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"A very tough, very real film, anchored by the memorable work of the two leads."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Unfortunately, Whaley opts to take the sentimental route, providing easy, crowd-pleasing answers to the serious questions he raises."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
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