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City by the Sea Reviews

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Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

September 25, 2002
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

The burden falls upon the exceptionally fine cast to infuse the familiar material with emotional truth and a sense of urgency.

Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2002
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

A standard police-oriented drama that, were it not for De Niro's participation, would have likely wound up a TNT Original.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: C-

September 17, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

That this tale of family woe, resembling the stuff of Greek tragedy, actually happened makes the film absolutely devastating on a certain level.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A mix of cop-movie cliches and genuinely good acting.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 15, 2002
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The material and the production itself are little more than routine.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 14, 2002
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

A meandering gabfest.

Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers | Original Score: 2/4

September 13, 2002
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

City by the Sea is a good film that yearns to be a great one.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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A film that doesn't just support the action to come, but makes it seem inevitable.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2002
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

'De Niro...is a veritable source of sincere passion that this Hollywood contrivance orbits around.'

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 3/5

September 11, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

September 10, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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.

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September 9, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

...the maudlin way its story unfolds suggests a director fighting against the urge to sensationalize his material.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C

September 9, 2002
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

I found the movie as divided against itself as the dysfunctional family it portrays.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2002
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A predictable story that staggers and unravels at a snail's pace.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 9, 2002
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com

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.

Full Review Source: TheWorldJournal.com | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

Despite DeNiro showing up from time to time, this flick plays like an Afterschool Special written by Richard Price

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It all seemed wasted like DeNiro's once promising career and the once grand Long Beach boardwalk.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

September 8, 2002
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 67/100

September 8, 2002
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