• 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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 28, 2010
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix

De Felitta knows how to depict family dysfunction, but he lards his film with asinine quips and too many headache-inducing dinner-table shouting matches, and the humor is so contrived, Garcia's Bronx accent sounds channeled through Fred Flintstone.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

March 31, 2010
Sam Adams
AV Club
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The movie too often equates drama with volume, and agita with authenticity.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

March 31, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Everybody's got their secrets in City Island, something we're reminded of early and often by writer-director Raymond De Felitta.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 17, 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
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
Brian Orndorf

City Island doesn't achieve a secure heartfelt resonance, and while I don't fault it for trying, it's not easy to watch the film strain so hard to achieve so little.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

March 18, 2010
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
Dan Lybarger

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Is mildly entertaining until it sinks from sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

May 22, 2010
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Contrived soap-opera, delineating yet another dysfunctional family - and woefully underutilizing its interesting locale.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 6/10

May 30, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There are some capable actors here, working very hard with very little.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

March 19, 2010
Chris Cabin

it feels natural that the actors are what keep the more superfluous scenes from weighing down De Felitta's film

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 18, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A professionally executed farce of the yelling-family variety.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

March 19, 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
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

It has a basic goodness of heart that counteracts, if not entirely cancels out, the film's broadness and busyness.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 16, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Andy Garcia reminds you of what a cunning, likable actor he can be.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

March 24, 2010
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

I would say that if you have a distaste for indie comedies about quirky families that co-star Alan Arkin, think twice.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: C

July 6, 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
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times

... 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 Source: Watertown Daily Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 30, 2010
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