• PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Raymond De Felitta
    In Theaters:
    Mar 19, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 24, 2010
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment


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City Island Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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 Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C

September 14, 2010
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

an enjoyably offbeat slice of amusingly dysfunctional family life

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An enjoyable film.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

September 3, 2010
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2010
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

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 Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2010
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2010
Peter Bradshaw

This feature might work better as a television series, but Garcia himself gives the picture some much-needed ballast.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

July 22, 2010

Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2010
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

An at-times marvellous muddle of high farce and low-brow chuckles.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2010
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

This isn't a revolution in filmmaking, but a rare kind of comedy where the actors keep it real.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 22, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

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.

Full Review Source: News of the World

July 22, 2010
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times

Garcia's gift for comedy is a true revelation.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 22, 2010
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Sweet and satisfying.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2010
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

July 22, 2010
Anton Bitel

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 19, 2010
Eric D. Snider

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 Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

July 6, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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 Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 6, 2010
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Andy Garcia demonstrates real comic chops in this charming comedy of family dysfunction.

July 6, 2010
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