The ending is quite refreshing, as a movie that has contrasted the past and the present optimistically looks ahead to the future.
| Original Score: 4/5
The burden falls upon the exceptionally fine cast to infuse the familiar material with emotional truth and a sense of urgency.
| Original Score: 3/4
a provocative and gutsy thriller, yet it's hard to escape the feeling that it brings up far more issues ... than it can possibly deal with
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A standard police-oriented drama that, were it not for De Niro's participation, would have likely wound up a TNT Original.
| Original Score: C-
That this tale of family woe, resembling the stuff of Greek tragedy, actually happened makes the film absolutely devastating on a certain level.
A mix of cop-movie cliches and genuinely good acting.
| Original Score: 3/5
The material and the production itself are little more than routine.
A meandering gabfest.
| Original Score: 2/4
City by the Sea is a good film that yearns to be a great one.
A film that doesn't just support the action to come, but makes it seem inevitable.
'De Niro...is a veritable source of sincere passion that this Hollywood contrivance orbits around.'
By no means dreadful, but too much an exercise in generic cop movie to be genuinely involving. DeNiro deserves better from a film and DeNiro's audience deserves better from him.
There's enough dramatic urgency in City By the Sea to make it worthwhile, even as you wish the pieces would add up to something greater.
...the maudlin way its story unfolds suggests a director fighting against the urge to sensationalize his material.
| Original Score: C
I found the movie as divided against itself as the dysfunctional family it portrays.
A predictable story that staggers and unravels at a snail's pace.
If the film had only bothered to take it up a few notches and buck the superficial confines of a flavorless crime saga, then this vehicle would have been a lot more appetizing in its zealous state.
Despite DeNiro showing up from time to time, this flick plays like an Afterschool Special written by Richard Price
| Original Score: 2/5
It all seemed wasted like DeNiro's once promising career and the once grand Long Beach boardwalk.
Its strengths and weaknesses play off each other virtually to a stand-off, with the unfortunate trump card being the dreary mid-section of the film.
| Original Score: 67/100