Yonkers Joe
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Robert Celestino's drama Yonkers Joe stars Chazz Palminteri as an aging gambler and professional cheat. Although Joe is quite good at his various unethical endeavors, he feels guilt about his chosen profession. He has a grown son (Tom Guiry) who suffers from Down syndrome, and the dad firmly believes that the ailment is some sort of punishment. When the difficult to control son leaves the institution that has cared for him, Yonkers Joe tries to reconnect with him, while also planning a big score that will allow the son to live in comfort and safety. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"As Janice, Christine Lahti is the pivot between father and son. The scenes between Janice and Joe Jr. are sweet, harrowing, movie-altering."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A nicely photographed, mostly satisfying look at a gang of East Coast sharps and how they part marks from their money."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"Palminteri helps the film earn very slight passing marks, if only mostly because it's interesting to see these old operators have to adapt their schemes for new times."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"The typecast actor breaks out of his comfort zone."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story."
‑ Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle
"[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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"It's far from a natural, but somehow, some way, it makes its point."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"A very well-made and well-acted film, with a very touching story about fathers, sons, and the difficulties of raising special needs kids."
‑ Joel Keller, Cinematical
"Yonkers Joe is like a so-so trip to Vegas, one where you lose as much as you gain gambling. In other words, it's not the trip you're most likely to tell your friends about."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"An extremely awkward cross between Ocean's Eleven and Rain Man."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The parts of Yonkers Joe that have to do with gambling are fun; unfortunately, they make up only half the movie."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Heartfelt, well-acted but overly sincere drama of a smalltime hustler and the 20-year-old Down's syndrome son he's barely known."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
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