Poolhall Junkies
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A small-time pool shark with dreams of the big time seeks revenge against the mentor who did him wrong in this drama. Johnny Doyle (Mars Callahan) was a teenaged orphan when Joe (Chazz Palminteri) took him under his wing and taught him everything there is to know about shooting pool. Johnny became a genius with a cue, but while he dreamed of becoming a respected professional billiards player, Joe preferred to keep him working along the lower rungs of pool hustling. When Johnny learns just how far Joe has gone to keep him down, Johnny breaks away from him, but Joe and his thugs take revenge… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This brash little indie is oddly endearing and fun to be around."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[A]ll of it just seems so familiar and so trite, we know exactly where this is going."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The fast-paced picture sizzles with energy, and it's a tour de force for Mars Callahan, who co-wrote and directed."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"If you saw this film, then you were hustled."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's disreputable, occasionally ludicrous and merely kinda fun."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"Whatever you want to say about this Mars Callaghan -- who is an avid cue-man in real life -- he would seem to be able to sink anything. Darned if he doesn't make this whole movie disappear."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"90 minutes of slow-leaking, macho stomach gas, in which everyone talks like they were on brawny pills and every tawdry song on the soundtrack makes you feel as if you were trapped in a lap dance club."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"A lowlife billiards drama that lacks the drive and edginess of the classic The Hustler, Poolhall Junkies does get by on its humor, energy and earnest charm."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"When Christopher Walken saunters into Poolhall Junkies, he kicks it from so-so to worthwhile."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"About as disposable as a B-movie can get."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"As a director, Callahan wants the verve that Martin Scorsese brought to The Color of Money, but his visual approach is careless, relying too much on clichéd slo-mo and hasty edits."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"This film coulda been a contender if Callahan hadn't worn so many hats -- but it has moments that make it worth waiting for on video."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"With a better lead and more inspired direction, Poolhall Junkies might have been decent entertainment. But Callahan the actor is the biggest liability in Callahan the director's film."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Though there's not much in Poolhall Junkies we haven't seen many times before, the film manages to remain mostly entertaining due mostly to some surprisingly effective performances and a brisk pace."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The snappy dialogue and cool characters provide enough pure entertainment to make this is a fun flick."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
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