The Last Rites of Joe May
The Last Rites of Joe May (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 4, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Joe Maggio is a sure-handed director with a good eye.

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Manohla Dargis
New York 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...

Matt Pais

Watching Joe May feels like walking behind tourists on the Michigan Avenue bridge. Come onnnnnn.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Farina is terrific, getting the pathos of the character while avoiding the self-pity, and leavening the tragedy with some occasional sputtering humor.

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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal

Mr. Farina has never been more in control of his "instrument," as actors like to say, or more convincing.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A down-and-out small-time criminal tries desperately to get his act together.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.''

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The story gets close to its goal but winds up lost, leaving Farina holding the bag.

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Sarah Boslaugh

Unfussy cinematography by Jay Silver captures the chill of a Chicago winter...

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
While not really showing us anything we haven't seen before, writer/director Joe Maggio offers a solid script and a well rounded title character that… More
Stephen Earnest
Joe Maggio's expectedly bleak tale of an aging, world-weary hustler is striking in almost every aspect. Underrated actor Denis Farina is finally given a… More