Yonkers Joe
Yonkers Joe (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Leo Goldsmith

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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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

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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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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.

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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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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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.

Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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.

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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