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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
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
November 4, 2011
Unfussy cinematography by Jay Silver captures the chill of a Chicago winter...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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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...
| 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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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
Caryn James
James on screenS
November 2, 2011
Maggio's film may be small, but it's full of texture.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
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
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
Farina is un-self-conscious and true enough to alchemize cliché.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
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.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
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
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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.
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
May 4, 2011
While Last Rites is not revolutionary, it is solid entertainment.
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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.
Matt Pais
RedEye
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 11, 2011
A down-and-out small-time criminal tries desperately to get his act together.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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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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
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
April 26, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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