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The Lost City (2005)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 63

Its heart is in the right place, but what starts as a promising exercise devolves into an overlong, unevenly directed disappointment.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 26

Its heart is in the right place, but what starts as a promising exercise devolves into an overlong, unevenly directed disappointment.



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Veteran actor Andy Garcia steps into the director's chair for his first voyage into feature filmmaking with this heartfelt tribute to revolutionary, late-'50s-era Cuba featuring Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Tomas Milian, and offering the director himself in the starring role. Fico Fellove (Garcia) is the politically neutral owner of the El Tropico nightclub who seeks shelter from the winds of change behind the crowded bar of his flourishing business. Unfortunately for Fico, the blood of the



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All Critics (86) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (63) | DVD (7)

'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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When it succeeds, the film conveys a bittersweet longing for a lost moment and the unfulfilled promise of a democratic Cuba.

August 1, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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It's handsome and heartfelt but mired in murky politics, plot inertia, musical montages and painfully pointed symbolism.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Garcia needed better guiding hands and eyes in the editing room to jettison the many parts that bog down the story.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Unsteady but often entrancing.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Somehow simultaneously too much and not enough. At 143 minutes, it well overstays its welcome as a movie, but with a little more fleshing out it might have worked as a miniseries.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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By the half way point I was beginning to take back everything I said re Steven Soderbergh's dull-as-ditchwater Che: Part II - even he manages to drum up more tension than this.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Unfolds like a series of as outtakes from Hollywood productions

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

There may be a good film here, but it struggles to break free of the cumbersome framework.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Andy Garcia's preposterous vanity project The Lost City is an all-singing, all-dancing version of the Cuban Revolution.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The script is scrupulously even-handed, but Garcia can't seem to get a grip on this sprawl.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Great music and costumes, but with a woeful plot and jaw-droppingly stilted dialogue. Cuban-born Garcia's main complaint against Fidel seems to be that rich, corrupt Cubans could no longer dance the night away.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Not an embarrassment, but definitely a missed opportunity.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Andy Garcia's directorial debut is a flawed and overlong but nonetheless watchable drama with strong performances, a superb soundtrack and bizarre appearances from Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Garcia obviously has more ambition than skill.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Garcia is just too earnest to make his dream project anything but deadly dull.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's by no means a flawless film, but it's a meaty one, and if you're a big fan of Andy Garcia, I'd definitely recommend it. (Plus, Bill Murray's in there.)

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Comment (1)
DVD Clinic

...plays like a confusing and inferior Caribbean analog to The Godfather, without anything like the narrative drive of Coppola's film.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

While the soundtrack of Cuban dance music is superb, this historical drama is leaden and simply too long-winded for its own good.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Shapeless stories that drift away from the revolution, puffed up by a biased take on 1959 Cuba with the hot air of romance.

July 1, 2006 | Comment (1)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Garcia's storytelling lacks highs and lows and has far too much going on. And on.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The result has a potluck rather than persuasive, integrated quality.

June 30, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For a tribute to a lost city, Garcia has made a lost film.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Book-ended by fine songs; in between, Garcia offers more than two hours of clumsy Coppola/Scorsese karaoke...

June 26, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for The Lost City

despite the beautiful music and cinematography, there was little substance to this film. i was hoping for a film that would provide more history of the cuban crisis; this film's treatment was facile. slow paced, boring, and overall disappointing film.
November 2, 2008

Super Reviewer

really great film for a directorial debut by andy garcia. he also does a great job acting in this one. bill murray plays a small role but steals the movie in all of his scenes. his character is even pointless, but he makes the film more entertaining. good flick that i recommend about the rise of fidel castro in cuba. the cast was great and the story flowed well.
January 30, 2008
danny d

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This is a good movie, with actor and director (Andy Garcia), Shows the Cuba way of life coming up. Kind of like the Soprano's in the begining. Glad I rented, but doubt that I would add it to my DVD Collection, sorry a nonbuy. Great dancing and music all throughout.
November 17, 2007
Bruce Bruce

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Good music and nice cinematography.
December 18, 2006
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