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City Island Reviews

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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
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
March 31, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
March 31, 2010
The movie too often equates drama with volume, and agita with authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2010
Everybody's got their secrets in City Island, something we're reminded of early and often by writer-director Raymond De Felitta.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 18, 2010
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 | Original Score: C-
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
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 22, 2010
Is mildly entertaining until it sinks from sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 19, 2010
There are some capable actors here, working very hard with very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
March 18, 2010
it feels natural that the actors are what keep the more superfluous scenes from weighing down De Felitta's film
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 19, 2010
A professionally executed farce of the yelling-family variety.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 16, 2010
It has a basic goodness of heart that counteracts, if not entirely cancels out, the film's broadness and busyness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2010
Andy Garcia reminds you of what a cunning, likable actor he can be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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
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
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