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The Last Rites of Joe May Reviews

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November 23, 2011
Joe Maggio is a sure-handed director with a good eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 4, 2011
Unfussy cinematography by Jay Silver captures the chill of a Chicago winter...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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
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...
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 3, 2011
Mr. Farina has never been more in control of his "instrument," as actors like to say, or more convincing.
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
November 2, 2011
Maggio's film may be small, but it's full of texture.
November 2, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 1, 2011
Farina is un-self-conscious and true enough to alchemize cliché.
October 31, 2011
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.
October 31, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
May 4, 2011
While Last Rites is not revolutionary, it is solid entertainment.
May 2, 2011
Downbeat vision of a small-time crook's final days offers a plum role for Dennis Farina.
November 23, 2011
Watching Joe May feels like walking behind tourists on the Michigan Avenue bridge. Come onnnnnn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 11, 2011
A down-and-out small-time criminal tries desperately to get his act together.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
April 26, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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