The Last Rites of Joe May Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2011
Joe Maggio is a sure-handed director with a good eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
November 3, 2011
Mr. Farina has never been more in control of his "instrument," as actors like to say, or more convincing.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 3, 2011
The story gets close to its goal but winds up lost, leaving Farina holding the bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
Farina is un-self-conscious and true enough to alchemize cliché.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 1, 2011
Seeing Farina in a lead role is, regrettably, the only reason to check out this tale of a lowlife past his prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Variety
June 1, 2011
Despite all this boilerplate gangster-with-a-heart-of-gold stuff, there's an emotional payoff to Joe May that feels solid and right.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2011
Downbeat vision of a small-time crook's final days offers a plum role for Dennis Farina.