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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
This is a smart film, told in a minor key, that augurs well for Whaley's directing career.
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75

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
A poignant, graceful little film.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
One of my favorite U.S. fiction features at 1999's Sundance Festival.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Whaley's self-effacing but strongly etched and wrenchingly effective film.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie isn't a day in the park, but it manages to close on an existentially uplifting note.
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73

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Rarely falters but neither does it ever take flight.
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63

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
14-year-old Noah Fleiss gives a performance that's every bit as astonishing as Haley Joel Osment's work in "The Sixth Sense."
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
In the end, the film feels a little futile; its relentless, one-miserable-note tone is numbing.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

So willfully bleak and profanity-filled, it could only have been written and directed by an actor.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Too much self-pity.
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"FRANK WHALEY ATTEMPTS THERAPY ON-SCREEN"

By Dane_Youssef
by Dane Youssef Frank Whaley's "Joe The King" has been called by the filmmaker himself "semi-autobiographical." And such a story about so much pain & misery just makes to almost want to see it...