Virgil Bliss

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. 83
    Although some of the secondary roles are awkwardly acted, the leads are impressive.
  2. 80
    It is enough of an act of optimism just to raise the specter of heroic nobility, something that Virgil Bliss accomplishes with subtlety and poignancy.
  3. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    75
    Unlike most indie directors dealing with this sort of material, Maggio refuses to wallow in the romance of either misery or redemption. Instead, he hangs everything on the honesty of his lead, unknown actor Jordan -- who is so good that if there's any justice, he won't remain unknown for long.
  4. A few miscalculated scenes aside, this low-budget drama is stunningly smart and powerful, with real-as-life lead performances and a style as gripping as it is unpretentious.
  5. 70
    "We are who we are," is the mantra for this grim urban drama. That human escape velocity can be awfully hard to reach with all those bad influences hanging around.
  6. 63
    Contains all the clichés of the post-prison genre -- but it has some redeeming qualities.

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