• Released
  • November 4, 2011
  • (Limited 11/4)
  • NR , 1 hr 42 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film, written and directed by Joe Maggio, only has this handful of characters and looks at them carefully. The dialogue is right, the conflicts are simple and sincere, the hopes are touching.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
The truth is, Mr. Farina would be considered Oscar material if "Joe May" were a bigger film. As it is, he'll have to settle for being great.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Dennis Farina gets the enviable opportunity to humanize the kind of character he has sometimes exaggerated comically in glossier films.
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70

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Mr. Maggio's strengths here are his people (not their stories), a sense of intimacy and textured place rather than the generic hoops he forces the characters to jump through.
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70

Variety

Despite all this boilerplate gangster-with-a-heart-of-gold stuff, there's an emotional payoff to "Joe May" that feels solid and right.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Watching Dennis Farina dominate every scene is a joy, and thankfully the actor makes the most of this opportunity.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Unfortunately, director Joe Maggio's film, despite showing real promise and an ear for threats delivered with a smile, runs out of gas.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
The more the veteran actor strives to give Joe a final dose of funereal dignity, the more the film around him seems intent on deep-sixing its MVP.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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