• R, 2 hr. 23 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Andy Garcia
    In Theaters:
    Sep 3, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 8, 2006
  • Magnolia Pictures


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The Lost City Reviews

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'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

December 5, 2008
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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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
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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It's handsome and heartfelt but mired in murky politics, plot inertia, musical montages and painfully pointed symbolism.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Unsteady but often entrancing.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 22, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

June 22, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Turgid, lumpy and almost unwatchably dull.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

June 16, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Unfortunately, Garcia is inept as a director. His scenes are shapeless and bloated with self-important speeches.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 16, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's barely coherent as it is, but at 2 hours and 23 minutes, The Lost City is simply infuriating.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

June 9, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Too scattered, too confused, too patched-together to work dramatically.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D+

June 9, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The movie has too many stories to tell and tells none of them very well.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 9, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 27, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Somewhere amid the bric-a-brac -- hot rhythms, ocean breezes and political upheaval and melodrama -- a movie languishes. Garcia never really finds it.

| Original Score: C

May 26, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A pretty bauble, a trinket offered when the stakes of barter were life and death.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 26, 2006
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Lovely to look at, and its mixture of Cuban standards and Garcia originals is delightful to listen to.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

May 25, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Though the filmmaker's feel for his Cuban heritage is bone-deep, it's a glazed and dolorous movie -- a depressed epic.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

May 20, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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As a musical fever dream of paradise lost, The Lost City is a flawed success, boasting just enough truth and admirable purpose to justify the hazards of Garcia's passion.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The film suggests a dutiful if clunky pastiche of The Godfather and a right-wing Reds, with Fellove and his brothers and parents representing a spectrum of possible responses to the Cuban revolution.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 19, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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A tribute to pre-revolutionary Havana, an elegy on what was lost, a little payback for a regime that drove his family out and, best of all, a synthesis of the driving Afro-Cuban rhythms of the extraordinary music.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 18, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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'That's not filmmaking,' I thought, 'that's photography.' 'That's not acting, that's posing.' 'That's not Jon Lovitz, it's Andy Garcia!'

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 18, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Lost City has a subject, a setting and a historical backdrop, but in the foreground it has a relatively passive protagonist, Fico, whose passions are understated and whose fortunes inspire only minor concern.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Feels like the distillation of countless conversations and family legends, rehearsed from time immemorial by Cubans who fled their homeland and sought to re-create it in their memories.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's the sort of epic that aspires to tell Cuba's modern political history and celebrate its people without introducing us to a single believable character.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

May 12, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Throbbing with music, seething with anger and romance, The Lost City is a film that breaks your heart, bewilders, alienates and ravishes you by turns.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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As a director, Garcia is such a sucker for gratuitous crosscutting and glossily elliptical filmmaking that viewers can be forgiven for mistaking Lost City for a 143-minute montage sequence.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

May 4, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Garcia, who fled the country with his family as a young boy, obviously has a fierce passion for this material, and he knows to his very soul.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 1, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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... a lost movie that seems like it takes 16 years to end.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 28, 2006
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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How the movie's politics will sit with the audience aside, one of the problems in this overlong melodrama is the distracting casting of Bill Murray as a wisecracking sidekick and Dustin Hoffman as mobster Meyer Lansky.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

April 28, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The Lost City manages to make Havana, Sydney Pollack's disastrous 1990 attempt at a Casablanca homage set against the Cuban revolution with Robert Redford, look good by comparison.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 28, 2006
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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... a haphazard jumble.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 28, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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... a romantic epic manque that swoons across the screen for nearly two and a half hours without saying much ...

| Original Score: 2/5

April 28, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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... it's too long, politically confusing and painfully self-indulgent, loaded with too many tertiary characters and darting from one subplot to the next like a butterfly with hiccups.

April 27, 2006
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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Compelling in fits and starts, actor-director Andy Garcia's The Lost City possesses grand aspirations but troublesome execution.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 27, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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A lot goes wrong in this overlong movie, but it has a human touch.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

April 27, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Staged with credibility and loads of Cubano flair, the film slows to a sludgy crawl, giving us lots of time to consider it as a pro-old-guard, anti- revolutionary elegy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 25, 2006
Scott Foundas
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Somewhere inside this overlong, sometimes engaging, often tedious affair, there may be a solid, 100-minute movie.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 10, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Despite the strong emotional connection many Miamians will feel toward the movie, The Lost City falls far short of the sweep, complexity and passion it strives for.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2006
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