• Released
  • November 4, 2011
  • (Limited 11/4)
  • NR , 1 hr 42 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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The Last Rites of Joe May Synopsis
An aging, homeless hoodlum (Dennis Farina) moves in with a single mother and her young daughter.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated NR