Virgil Bliss
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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, he's determined to get (and keep) a decent job, hoping to someday find a good woman and start a family. While living in a halfway house, Virgil meets Ruby (Kirsten Russell), a drug addict who sometimes turns tricks to support her habit. While Rudy isn't quite the sort of woman Virgil was dreaming of, they share a genuine affection for each other,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"An overly familiar scenario is made fresh by an intelligent screenplay and gripping performances in this low-budget, video-shot, debut indie effort."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Stale, futile scenario."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Although some of the secondary roles are awkwardly acted, the leads are impressive."
‑ , Oregonian
"Shows moments of promise but ultimately succumbs to cliches and pat storytelling."
‑ Rachel Deahl, Boxoffice Magazine
"Too bad Maggio couldn't come up with a better script."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Raw independent drama with great naturalistic performances."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Director Joe Maggio's riveting film is blessed with a solid cast."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"Virgil's na´vetÚ isn't entirely believable, but his essential goodness is, thanks to a solid performance by Jordan, and that's really what makes this modern urban tragedy unusually affecting."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Shot largely in small rooms, the film has a gentle, unforced intimacy that never becomes claustrophobic."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Proof that a newcomer indie filmmaker can infuse some new life into the Downtrodden Loser Character Study."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"It's sweet... but just a little bit too precious at the start and a little too familiar at the end."
‑ Christopher Null,
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