Virgil Bliss
Virgil Bliss (2001)

In this stark independent drama, Virgil (Clint Jordan) is a small-time thief with a bad temper and poor social skills who winds up in prison for armed robbery. But Virgil wants to make something better of his life, and when he makes parole,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

An overly familiar scenario is made fresh by an intelligent screenplay and gripping performances in this low-budget, video-shot, debut indie effort.

Dennis Lim
Village Voice

Stale, futile scenario.

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Although some of the secondary roles are awkwardly acted, the leads are impressive.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Too bad Maggio couldn't come up with a better script.

Cole Smithey

Raw independent drama with great naturalistic performances.

Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

Director Joe Maggio's riveting film is blessed with a solid cast.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Shot largely in small rooms, the film has a gentle, unforced intimacy that never becomes claustrophobic.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Proof that a newcomer indie filmmaker can infuse some new life into the Downtrodden Loser Character Study.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

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.

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