Virgil Bliss
Virgil Bliss (2001)

The feature-film debut of sound technician-turned-writer/director Joe Maggio, Virgil Bliss is a naturalistic drama along the same lines as the works of Mike Leigh or John Cassavetes. Released from a nearly ten-year prison sentence, Virgil… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 22, 2001
DVD 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.


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.

Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

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

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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