Yonkers Joe
Yonkers Joe (2009)

Unexpected family challenges disrupt a small-time con artist's quest for the ultimate fool-proof scam in this affectionate family drama starring Christine Lahti and Chazz Palminteri.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 19, 2009
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52%
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50%

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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A solid cast adds subtlety to this otherwise schmaltzy and sometimes awkward gambling-flick-cum-family-drama.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

As Janice, Christine Lahti is the pivot between father and son. The scenes between Janice and Joe Jr. are sweet, harrowing, movie-altering.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A nicely photographed, mostly satisfying look at a gang of East Coast sharps and how they part marks from their money.

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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE

Mostly strong, that is, with the major exception of Tom Guiry's portrayal of Joe Jr. Painfully broad, Guiry practically sinks the film with garishly slack-jawed and over-the-top manchildishness.

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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle

Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

[Director] Celestino steers clear of the can't-miss pulp thriller that Yonkers Joe could've been, and goes for broke by giving it big dollop of schmaltz. His horse doesn't come in, but it runs a respectable race.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

It's far from a natural, but somehow, some way, it makes its point.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

An extremely awkward cross between Ocean's Eleven and Rain Man.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Celestino's bid to wrap everything up in tidy fashion feels at odds with the grittiness of the film's first two-thirds, but in the end, the movie's glimpse into a seldom-seen slice of life sticks with you.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Middling drama about the trying for the big score. Not much really. Christine Lahti is far to fine an actress to be stuck in dreck like this.
Jeffrey Meyers
Yonkers Joe succeeds very well as a family drama, with an authentic feel. The gambling aspects of the film were also interesting, though never fleshed out… More
Sol C
Great film!!! Chazz Palminteri shines in the film. It is great seeing him in a leading role where he isn't the villain. He also has a great ensemble… More