The Funeral
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Cult figure Abel Ferrara directed this dark, emotional tale of life among the criminal underworld, set in the late 1930s. The Tempio Brothers -- Ray (Christopher Walken), Chez (Chris Penn), and Johnny (Vincent Gallo) -- work with the mob; Ray is the cool and methodical type, Chez is an angry man who tends to fly off the handle, and Johnny is the odd man out, whose work with labor unions has given him a strong interest in socialism. When Johnny is murdered by rival mobster Gaspare (Benicio del Toro), it has a profound effect on his brothers. Ray is determined to seek revenge, even though his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though directed in different style, thematically, this period movie is a companion piece to King of New York and The Bad Lieutenant, forming an urban crime trilogy and representing Ferrara's best work."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"You're engaged on a moral level rarely found in movies about violence."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The Funeral is yet another fresh take on the gangster flick."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The corpse, the corpse, the corpse!"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A strong portrait of gangsters from Abel Ferrara, one of cinemas best provocateurs."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"A brilliant, very visceral piece of film-making with an infectious strain of morbid humour."
‑ , Time Out
"Now here is a gangster movie that does not want setups or payoffs like traditional gangster movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Anticlimactic and unconvincing."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"One of Ferrara's more bearable fims. Solid performances."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"Some viewers may enjoy watching the lifestyles of the grim and depraved; others will find that sitting through "The Funeral" is like going to celluloid hell."
‑ Lea Russo, Boxoffice Magazine
"[Ferrara] still finds sharp new ways to explore the nuances of a trite-sounding story."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Film after film, Ferrara and St. John are finding new ways to scream."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A psychologically strung-out tale stuffed full of ideas and inspired moments."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"With a cast like that, one would expect fireworks on the screen. Unfortunately, this never happens."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"We have seen Martin Scorsese's gangster films, and Abel Ferrara, you are no Martin Scorsese."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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