Joe Maggio is a sure-handed director with a good eye.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
Despite all this boilerplate gangster-with-a-heart-of-gold stuff, there's an emotional payoff to Joe May that feels solid and right.
Downbeat vision of a small-time crook's final days offers a plum role for Dennis Farina.