Mary Poppins Returns
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An overly familiar scenario is made fresh by an intelligent screenplay and gripping performances in this low-budget, video-shot, debut indie effort.
Too bad Maggio couldn't come up with a better script.
Shot largely in small rooms, the film has a gentle, unforced intimacy that never becomes claustrophobic.
Stale, futile scenario.
Raw independent drama with great naturalistic performances.
Proof that a newcomer indie filmmaker can infuse some new life into the Downtrodden Loser Character Study.
Although some of the secondary roles are awkwardly acted, the leads are impressive.
Director Joe Maggio's riveting film is blessed with a solid cast.
You've seen it before: the ex-con who stumbles while striving to assimilate back into society. But writer-director Joe Maggio and his able cast makes you care about this man's sorry journey in Virgil Bliss.
Shows moments of promise but ultimately succumbs to cliches and pat storytelling.
Virgil's naïveté isn't entirely believable, but his essential goodness is, thanks to a solid performance by Jordan, and that's really what makes this modern urban tragedy unusually affecting.
It's sweet... but just a little bit too precious at the start and a little too familiar at the end.
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