City Island Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
September 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: C
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 9, 2010
an enjoyably offbeat slice of amusingly dysfunctional family life
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 3, 2010
An enjoyable film.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
August 24, 2010
Wacky film makes smoking, teen fetish part of the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 26, 2010
Melding the abundant misunderstandings of a Shakespeare comedy with the New York wit of a Neil Simon play, City Island is a boisterous charmer with a big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2010
Everybody has a secret and is too dumb to work out what those secrets are, a specious bit of plotting designed to pad out the running time of this shrill farce beyond its natural sit-com length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 22, 2010
This feature might work better as a television series, but Garcia himself gives the picture some much-needed ballast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Mail [UK]
July 22, 2010
There's nothing earth-shatteringly new, but you do end up wishing the characters well, and I was happy to have spent time with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
July 22, 2010
I won't make great claims for Raymond De Felitta's film - it hardly makes them for itself - but I will say this for it: as an ensemble acting workout, it exceeds expectations from the top down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 22, 2010
An at-times marvellous muddle of high farce and low-brow chuckles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 22, 2010
This isn't a revolution in filmmaking, but a rare kind of comedy where the actors keep it real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
July 22, 2010
The script, by dyed-in-the-wool New York indie filmmaker Raymond De Felitta, is like someone's homework for a screenwriting course. The secrets aren't interesting and you know a big showdown at the end is a given.
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
July 22, 2010
Garcia's gift for comedy is a true revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
July 22, 2010
Sweet and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 22, 2010
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally engaging, warm-hearted and frequently funny family drama with terrific central performances from Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
July 19, 2010
Its revelations come too early, and many of its scenes are too long, but City Island is kept afloat by its unusual location and fine-tuned performances.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 6, 2010
In real life, I find relationships with loud, argumentative people exhausting. In the movies, though, they can be a lot of fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 6, 2010
This drama feels a little contrived due to the sheer number of issues faced by one family over a short period of time. But it's so refreshingly well-acted, with lively characters and some fairly outrageous situations, that it keeps us fully engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Andy Garcia demonstrates real comic chops in this charming comedy of family dysfunction.
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