The Last Rites of Joe May
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The Last Rites of Joe May
Dennis Farina gives a tour de force performance in this homage to early-1970s "tough guy" films. Sixtysomething Chicagoan Joe May-a short-money hustler of Rolex knockoffs and bootleg DVDs-returns home from a hospital stay to find out that his apartment has been rented to single mother Jenny (Jamie Anne Allman) and her young daughter Angelina (Meredith Droeger) because everyone thought he was dead. Begrudgingly, Joe accepts Jenny's offer to share the apartment. Joe plots his comeback scheme, but instead a domino effect occurs with everything going against him. -- (C) Tribeca

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Joe Maggio is a sure-handed director with a good eye."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"With a few vital strokes - a long, chilly walk and a tired trudge up some stairs - Mr. Farina and Mr. Maggio bring you close..."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Watching Joe May feels like walking behind tourists on the Michigan Avenue bridge. Come onnnnnn."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"Maggio's film may be small, but it's full of texture."
‑ Caryn James, James on screenS
"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."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"Farina is terrific, getting the pathos of the character while avoiding the self-pity, and leavening the tragedy with some occasional sputtering humor."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Mr. Farina has never been more in control of his "instrument," as actors like to say, or more convincing."
‑ John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"A down-and-out small-time criminal tries desperately to get his act together."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"While Last Rites is not revolutionary, it is solid entertainment."
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"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.''"
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The story gets close to its goal but winds up lost, leaving Farina holding the bag."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Unfussy cinematography by Jay Silver captures the chill of a Chicago winter..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"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."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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