80

Chicago Reader

The movie can't live up to Robert Rossen's 1961 classic, "The Hustler" but with its strong performances, neatly crafted script, and low-budget feel, it comes a lot closer than "The Color of Money."
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the things I like best about Poolhall Junkies is its lack of grim desperation.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Brassy and energetic, first-time director Mars Callahan's vividly photographed ode to the seductive allure of professional sharking succeeds in making the game seem genuinely kinetic and thrilling.
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60

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
Callahan mostly overcomes its grungy technical quality with entertaining dialogue, nervy confrontation scenes, decent thesping and some truly spectacular shooting on the green velvet.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Like too many sports-related movies, this one falls back on that One Big Game, the final score that will set everything right.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
For all his skill with a cue, the charisma-challenged Callahan is no Nia Vardalos in the acting department -- let alone a Paul Newman or Tom Cruise.
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40

Dallas Observer

By Andy Klein
The result is by no means the embarrassment that many such offerings from unjustifiably vain actor-auteurs have been, but nor does it present much of anything new or compelling to demand one's attention.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Stole so many details from the earlier film, "The Hustler," that you have to think of it as either a bad parody or an unfortunate homage.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

If the art of a true hustler is, as Joe puts it, "beating a man out of his money and making him like it," Callahan blows it big-time with any mark who shells out to see his film.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Plays out like a variation on an old design dictum: If you can't make it good, make it big.
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36 out of 100
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