• Unrated, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Joe Maggio
    In Theaters:
    Nov 4, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 17, 2012
  • Tribeca Film


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The Last Rites of Joe May Reviews

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Joe Maggio is a sure-handed director with a good eye.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 23, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Farina is terrific, getting the pathos of the character while avoiding the self-pity, and leavening the tragedy with some occasional sputtering humor.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 4, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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.''

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 4, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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With a few vital strokes - a long, chilly walk and a tired trudge up some stairs - Mr. Farina and Mr. Maggio bring you close...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 3, 2011
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Farina has never been more in control of his "instrument," as actors like to say, or more convincing.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 3, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The story gets close to its goal but winds up lost, leaving Farina holding the bag.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

November 3, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Farina is un-self-conscious and true enough to alchemize cliché.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 1, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Seeing Farina in a lead role is, regrettably, the only reason to check out this tale of a lowlife past his prime.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2011
John Anderson
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Despite all this boilerplate gangster-with-a-heart-of-gold stuff, there's an emotional payoff to Joe May that feels solid and right.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 1, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Downbeat vision of a small-time crook's final days offers a plum role for Dennis Farina.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 2, 2011
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