• 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
Guardian

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
ViewLondon

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
Film4

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
EricDSnider.com

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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