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  • Summary: Small-time Chicago hustler Joe May always felt like a great destiny awaited him, but with his health ailing and his age advancing, he’s never looked more like a bum. Broke and evicted, he’s taken in by a troubled young mother and daughter, in whom he finds one last shot to be a hero. Pulsing with the spirit of classic urban dramas, The Last Rites of Joe May is a subtle, sophisticated tale of redemption. (Tribeca Film) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 22, 2011
    88
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 3, 2011
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 4, 2011
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 1, 2011
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 1, 2011
    70
    Dennis Farina gets the enviable opportunity to humanize the kind of character he has sometimes exaggerated comically in glossier films.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Oct 31, 2011
    63
    Watching Dennis Farina dominate every scene is a joy, and thankfully the actor makes the most of this opportunity.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 1, 2011
    40
    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.

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