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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The truth is, Mr. Farina would be considered Oscar material if "Joe May" were a bigger film. As it is, he'll have to settle for being great. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Unfortunately, director Joe Maggio's film, despite showing real promise and an ear for threats delivered with a smile, runs out of gas. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Dennis Farina gets the enviable opportunity to humanize the kind of character he has sometimes exaggerated comically in glossier films. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film, written and directed by Joe Maggio, only has this handful of characters and looks at them carefully. The dialogue is right, the conflicts are simple and sincere, the hopes are touching. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 63
    Glenn Heath Jr. Slant Magazine

    Watching Dennis Farina dominate every scene is a joy, and thankfully the actor makes the most of this opportunity. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The more the veteran actor strives to give Joe a final dose of funereal dignity, the more the film around him seems intent on deep-sixing its MVP. show more

  • 75
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Dennis Farina's washed-up hustler in The Last Rites of Joe May is designed in the in the mold of a classic movie star tough guy, but the veteran character actor's performance also serves to disassemble it. show more

  • 70
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Mr. Maggio's strengths here are his people (not their stories), a sense of intimacy and textured place rather than the generic hoops he forces the characters to jump through. show more

  • 70

    Despite all this boilerplate gangster-with-a-heart-of-gold stuff, there's an emotional payoff to "Joe May" that feels solid and right. show more

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