City Island (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

City Island (2010)



Critic Consensus: Raymond De Felitta combines warmth, humanity, and a natural sense of humor, and is abetted by Andy Garcia and an excellent ensemble cast.

Movie Info

When prison guard and New York family man, Vince Rizzo, sees a familiar name among the new convicts list, he realizes it belongs to a boy who he fathered 20 years earlier but abandoned. Now married with a new family, Vince takes his long-lost son, Tony Nardella, home with him -- not telling his family who Tony really is. This isn't that unusual, as the Rizzo family is filled with secrets from each other. By bringing his long-lost son into the family, and by exploring a platonic extra-marital affair with a fellow acting student, Vince comes to realize that the only way to grow and truly understand love and intimacy is to face the lies he's told about his past and bring his family and loved ones into his future.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, smoking and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Raymond De Felitta
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 2010
Box Office: $6.7M
Anchor Bay Entertainment - Official Site


Andy Garcia
as Vince Rizzo
Julianna Margulies
as Joyce Rizzo
Steven Strait
as Tony Nardella
Ezra Miller
as Vinnie Rizzo
Alan Arkin
as Michael Malakov
Emily Mortimer
as Molly Charlesworth
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Critic Reviews for City Island

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (34)

Andy Garcia demonstrates real comic chops in this charming comedy of family dysfunction.

July 6, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Andy Garcia is a pleasant enough guide to almost rate a visit to this City, but all the conflict here lies on the surface.

Full Review… | September 14, 2010
Shared Darkness

an enjoyably offbeat slice of amusingly dysfunctional family life

Full Review… | September 9, 2010
Q Network Film Desk

An enjoyable film.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

Wacky film makes smoking, teen fetish part of the joke.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

De Felitta chose well by casting 24-year-old actor Steven Strait, who gives the exasperated convict humor, charm, and sex appeal - something that doesn't go unnoticed by Joyce, or many of the women in the audience as well.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for City Island


Fiery, loud, and funny! Everyone in the Rizzo family harbors secrets: smoking, stripping, stealing. They're hinted at in cute, little montages, and then they explode in a huge, Greek climax that shouldn't work in a creative writing sense, but the humor and absurdity of it all is a juggernaut that compels the audience to just roll with it.

I only know Andy Garcia from "The Godfather III" and "Will & Grace," in both of which he played tough, smarmy guys, so I was really impressed with his insecure, sad-sack dad/wannabe actor. I'm always a little bit annoyed at Emily Mortimer - so dainty and puckered - but even more so in this film since she gets all the quirky, pretentious lines. *Spoilers* Furthermore, I watched this movie again on DVD with subtitles on, and they indicate that Molly changes her British accent to American preceding her confession. I couldn't tell the difference at all when I saw this in the theatre without subtitles, which makes me wonder how Mortimer gets cast for so many American roles!

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


A lovely and enjoyable comedy.Not flawless and unique but instead it has many hilarious sequences.

Reza Mohseni

Super Reviewer

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City Island Quotes

Vince Rizzo: My wife thinks I got a poker game tonight.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Vince Rizzo: ahh here we go..
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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