City Island Reviews

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 6, 2010
I would say that if you have a distaste for indie comedies about quirky families that co-star Alan Arkin, think twice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 4, 2010
City Island contains a lot of warmth and good humour making it an unexpected delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 1, 2010
There's a beating pulse to this emotionally complex story and writer director Raymond De Felitta has created a wonderful, involving film with flawed characters we understand and with whom we empathise. When the secrets start to unravel like a tightly coil
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 30, 2010
Contrived soap-opera, delineating yet another dysfunctional family - and woefully underutilizing its interesting locale.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 28, 2010
The film has a likable, warm-hearted compassion for its characters. This generosity of spirit won my affection.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 27, 2010
The sense of humour threaded through De Felitta's writing is infectiously sarcastic enough to silence any cynics who might be watching, but also warm and wise enough to give the feelgood crowd the fuzzy feeling they are after.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Dent
Sunday Mail (Australia)
May 25, 2010
Garcia gives a wonderful impression of a life-hardened non-actor finding his voice by drawing upon his own experiences.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 22, 2010
Is mildly entertaining until it sinks from sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
May 14, 2010
For most of its 100 minutes, City Island is smart entertainment. The characters are involving, and the dialogue has snap. Before the ending falters, City Island has a personal, enjoyable verve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 10, 2010
[H]ilarious and witty portrait of a functional dysfunctional New York City family...
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 6, 2010
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Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
May 2, 2010
According to writer-director Raymond De Felitta's blog entries on Salon.com, he has worked a long time to get his new movie City Island to the screen, maybe a little too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 30, 2010
It just wants to entertain, and on that score it succeeds better than a lot of comedies with 10 times its budget.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
April 30, 2010
Consider the unpretentious 'City Island' fine counter-programming to the CGI monsters, bland romantic comedies, randy teens and spandex superheroes that clog the megaplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
April 30, 2010
... City Island can be a moving piece of filmmaking when it gets serious and focuses on real people who are having real-life problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 30, 2010
Resembles a Norman Lear television comedy, for better and worse; it's 'realistic' but not exactly naturalistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 30, 2010
... the movie has a good heart, and that's what we respond to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 29, 2010
Strangely, this comedy-drama works pretty well a great deal of the time. The good cast certainly helps in that regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
April 29, 2010
This is the kind of movie that could easily sink into comedy hijinks as broad and flat as pappardelle. But it doesn't. De Felitta... makes no apologies for the outrageousness of the coincidences and gloriously knotty relationships and secrets.
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 28, 2010
Writer-director Raymond De Felitta has cut together a frustrating comedy, with the misunderstandings piling up like kindling for a bonfire that his movie never lights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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