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The Funeral Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 20, 2008
The Funeral is yet another fresh take on the gangster flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
Anticlimactic and unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2006
Though directed in different style, thematically, this period movie is a companion piece to King of New York and The Bad Lieutenant, forming an urban crime trilogy and representing Ferrara's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 29, 2006
A psychologically strung-out tale stuffed full of ideas and inspired moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A brilliant, very visceral piece of film-making with an infectious strain of morbid humour.
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
The corpse, the corpse, the corpse!
| Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
April 1, 2005
One of Ferrara's more bearable fims. Solid performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
[Ferrara] still finds sharp new ways to explore the nuances of a trite-sounding story.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
With a cast like that, one would expect fireworks on the screen. Unfortunately, this never happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
June 10, 2003
A strong portrait of gangsters from Abel Ferrara, one of cinemas best provocateurs.
| Original Score: 3/5
Lea Russo
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Some viewers may enjoy watching the lifestyles of the grim and depraved; others will find that sitting through "The Funeral" is like going to celluloid hell.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
You're engaged on a moral level rarely found in movies about violence.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Now here is a gangster movie that does not want setups or payoffs like traditional gangster movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The picture works despite the bizarre ending.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Call it Bad Mafia Lieutenant.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Nobody spins a good morality yarn like Abel Ferrara.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
We have seen Martin Scorsese's gangster films, and Abel Ferrara, you are no Martin Scorsese.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Film after film, Ferrara and St. John are finding new ways to scream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Ferrara's eerie version of crime-wracked New York City of the 1930s.
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
August 5, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
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