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City by the Sea Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 6, 2002
It's watchable. But the whole enterprise is something of a yawner, not exactly a ringing endorsement for the fall's first major drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
October 4, 2002
The final ten minutes is enough to extinguish my fire for the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 5, 2002
An ambitious drama that never reaches any of its goals but has some watchable moments along the way.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 5, 2002
A TV movie is still a TV movie, even if it's shown in theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
September 6, 2002
A well-acted, but one-note film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 6, 2002
I like everything about it except it.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 9, 2002
...the maudlin way its story unfolds suggests a director fighting against the urge to sensationalize his material.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
September 9, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rebecca Murray
December 17, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Ochieng
September 9, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's a shame that the source material and filmmakers manage to waste all the talented actors in this project.
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
September 6, 2002
...they missed the boat.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 5, 2002
Unfortunately the story and the actors are served with a hack script.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 15, 2002
...little more than a well-acted television melodrama shot for the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Arthur Lazere
September 5, 2002
De Niro spars around the character, making occasional stabs at getting under the surface, but he never really inhabits the role.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 5, 2002
We're forced to watch DeNiro struggle to chew out some of the most painful dialogue ever written... It's downright heartbreaking.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 8, 2002
It all seemed wasted like DeNiro's once promising career and the once grand Long Beach boardwalk.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 6, 2003
...a dark, brooding, depressing tale, unrelieved by the humor or irony the writer of a fictional story might have brought to the screen.
| Original Score: 5/10
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 5, 2002
Well-acted, intelligent and honest, the film works too hard to be meaningful -- and it's never good to see a movie sweat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 28, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 23, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Katrina Onstad
National Post
September 9, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
September 9, 2002
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
November 16, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
January 11, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
January 25, 2003
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004

Boston Phoenix
September 9, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 9, 2002
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Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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