Joe the King
Joe the King (1999)

Actor Frank Whaley (from Swimming With Sharks) makes his directorial debut with this film about coming of age in the 70's. Joe The King made its premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, where it also won a screenwriting award. Joe… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 15, 1999
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is so steeped in resentment that it's not able to pull back and let us see the boy behind the shield of his misery.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An uncompromising but wonderful film that reinforces the saying 'Never judge a person until you've walked in their shoes.'

Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

Unfortunately, Whaley opts to take the sentimental route, providing easy, crowd-pleasing answers to the serious questions he raises.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Coming-of-age movie with mature themes, lots of profanity.

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Michael Dequina

A very tough, very real film, anchored by the memorable work of the two leads.

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Arthur Lazere

a deeply sad picture of mistreated youth, told with considerable skill, and blessedly shorn of sentimentality

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Even with warts and all, "Joe the King" is a very worthwhile drama.

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Caffeinated Clint

An excellent piece of entertainment. The cast is undeniably brilliant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Todd Smith
What a depressing movie!? That poor kid! It really makes you wonder just how many kids are suffering that way on a daily basis. It also makes you appreciate… More