Poolhall Junkies
Poolhall Junkies (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 8, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Adam Nayman

It's disreputable, occasionally ludicrous and merely kinda fun.

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Nick Schager

Dull and lifeless.

Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

The fast-paced picture sizzles with energy, and it's a tour de force for Mars Callahan, who co-wrote and directed.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[A]ll of it just seems so familiar and so trite, we know exactly where this is going.

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

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.

Jan Stuart

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.

Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Johnny Doyle: You watch my mouth, Chico. 'Cause you sure as hell don't wanna watch me play pool. Unless, of course, I'm blind folded and hand… More
Dann Michalski
Poolhall Junkies is an indie film with some edgy comedy and clever writing. The film follows a group of hustlers at a local pool hall who end up crossing a… More
Alex roy
Interesting concept for a film, Poolhall Junkies is the story of a Proffesional pool player and hustler Johnny Dyole who wants to go ligit and break away from… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Poolhall Junkies is a unique, low-budget indie take on pool hustlers. The film is incredibly energetic, with often jarring changes in scenes and even tone. This… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Mike: What do you call a thousand lawyers buried up to their necks in sand? Johnny Doyle: What? Mike: Not enough sand. A very fun movie about hustlers in the… More