The Funeral
The Funeral (1996)

In the Bronx during the Depression, this crime drama centers on three Italian-American brothers and their family crime tradition. After Johnny is shot, volatile Chez and logical Ray are left to seek revenge on their brother. But the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: July 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

You're engaged on a moral level rarely found in movies about violence.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The Funeral is yet another fresh take on the gangster flick.

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Time Out

A brilliant, very visceral piece of film-making with an infectious strain of morbid humour.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Now here is a gangster movie that does not want setups or payoffs like traditional gangster movies.

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Rob Gonsalves

Anticlimactic and unconvincing.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

[Ferrara] still finds sharp new ways to explore the nuances of a trite-sounding story.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Film after film, Ferrara and St. John are finding new ways to scream.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A psychologically strung-out tale stuffed full of ideas and inspired moments.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
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Adam Mahler
They're gangsters who don't believe in God or religion, but they think you'll go to hell for nihilism. They're interesting when they talk… More
Melvin White
Ray: If I do something wrong, it's because God didn't give me the grace to do what's right. If this world stinks, it's his fault. I'm… More
Curtis Lilly
The problem with this movie? The same problem most movies have that involve Chritopher Walken: They need more Walken! His role was great. He reprises his… More
xGary Xx
The youngest brother of a trio of gangsters is shot dead and as they gather to mourn his death they relive his final days as they try to find the killer. In… More
Mike T.
Contrary to popular opinion, I would say this is a stronger film than Ferrara's acclaimed Bad Lieutenant. I am a big fan of Bad Lieutenant, despite its… More