Watching Joe May feels like walking behind tourists on the Michigan Avenue bridge. Come onnnnnn.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Maggio is a sure-handed director with a good eye.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A down-and-out small-time criminal tries desperately to get his act together.
| Original Score: 1/5
Unfussy cinematography by Jay Silver captures the chill of a Chicago winter...
| Original Score: 7/10
Farina is terrific, getting the pathos of the character while avoiding the self-pity, and leavening the tragedy with some occasional sputtering humor.
Veteran character actor Dennis Farina gives one of the best performances of the year in a rare lead part as an aging, down-on-his luck small-time hood in "The Last Rites of Joe May.''
| Original Score: 3/4
With a few vital strokes - a long, chilly walk and a tired trudge up some stairs - Mr. Farina and Mr. Maggio bring you close...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Mr. Farina has never been more in control of his "instrument," as actors like to say, or more convincing.
The story gets close to its goal but winds up lost, leaving Farina holding the bag.
| Original Score: 2/5
The film belongs to Farina, whose history as an actor given to tough-guy roles adds poignancy to a character whose last days are a lesson in humility and grace.
| Original Score: B
Maggio's film may be small, but it's full of texture.
Dennis Farina's washed-up hustler in The Last Rites of Joe May is designed in the in the mold of a classic movie star tough guy, but the veteran character actor's performance also serves to disassemble it.
Farina is un-self-conscious and true enough to alchemize cliché.
Seeing Farina in a lead role is, regrettably, the only reason to check out this tale of a lowlife past his prime.
Offers Farina the chance to demonstrate his range..a finely etched portrait of a man forced to put the best face on some hard choices - mostly to convince himself.
Despite some glaring dips into formulaic territory, The Last Rites of Joe May offers center stage to a great performer who's made a career of playing supporting tough guys.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Despite all this boilerplate gangster-with-a-heart-of-gold stuff, there's an emotional payoff to Joe May that feels solid and right.
While Last Rites is not revolutionary, it is solid entertainment.
Downbeat vision of a small-time crook's final days offers a plum role for Dennis Farina.