• 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

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

July 6, 2010
Jonathan F. Richards
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

April 29, 2010
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
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The slice-of-life comedy City Island is a charming throwback filled with authentic characters.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 22, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A funny, heartfelt look at families, relationships and the lies that prop them up as much as tear them down.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

April 21, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Writer-director Raymond De Felitta is essentially offering a kinky-comic New Yawk version of a Greek tragedy here, and even if the whole thing is pretty implausible, it's also fairly entertaining.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

April 16, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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[A] noisy, eccentric, bizarrely lovable film.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 9, 2010
John Anderson
Washington Post
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A very funny film, and one that operates at the sea level of humanity. Quaint. Slightly peculiar.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 9, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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All the performances are warmly engaging, even though the characters are broad and scenarios occasionally extreme. For those tired of clashing titans or weepy teen romances, City Island is a breath of fresh air.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2010
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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In spite of an overly elaborate series of mix-ups that are revealed in a paroxysm of absurdity in the final scene, the movie has a genuine heart and a delicate earnestness that is as amusing as it is affectionate.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2010
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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The cast proves game for anything, from Emily Mortimer as Vince's floridly English acting-class partner to a beleaguered, bewhiskered Strait, here displaying a comic prowess and fond knack for exasperation.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

April 2, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The performances are absurdly broad, and each story line is more outlandish than the last. But De Felitta's approach is so easygoing, and the waterside setting so irresistibly charming, you're bound to walk out in a great mood.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2010
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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The outer-borough oddities of City Island are hard to resist.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 2, 2010
Ronnie Scheib
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Another expertly written joyride through the confines of narrowminded provincialism to cleansing self-awareness from indie director de Felitta.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 2, 2010
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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The complications have the appeal of a classic farce, and if the movie's humor requires a suspension of disbelief, the actors are terrific, and there's much pleasure in watching the way the drama redoubles and resolves.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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City Island scrapes by and delivers a smile or two because it does contain a fundamental understanding of the rot that sets in when people hide their true selves from the ones they love.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie's comic machinery never stops clanking long enough for us to relax and genuinely enjoy the silliness. But the actors are enjoying themselves, and that goes a very long way.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 1, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Garcia and Margulies, who worked so well together in George Hickenlooper's Man from Elysian Fields, show a sure feel for comedy here...

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 1, 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
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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Feeble but well-stuffed comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 30, 2010
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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I was won over by this movie's affectionate, silly spirit.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

March 29, 2010
David Denby
New Yorker
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[It] won't put [Garcia] back on the main road, but he tries some new things in it, and it's fun to watch him work.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 29, 2010
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Writer-director Raymond de Felitta understands that a proper farce, like a good campfire, needs plenty of friction to get started.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2010
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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I can think of far less pleasant ways to pass 100 minutes -- many of them playing now at a theater near you.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

March 26, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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City Island is a relief for filmgoers dulled by Hollywood formula. Despite lapses into overstatement, it's nothing but good, sweet, breezy times.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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City Island runs through its stockpile of impossibly melodramatic scenarios and manages to make them, and the respective Rizzos in their throes, feel genuine.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
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All the family secrets must come crashing together, of course, in an implausible, if impeccably crafted, collision of botched confessions, mistaken identities, handcuffs and risqué outfits.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 25, 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
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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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De Felitta, who directed the wonderful Two Family House (2000), has a great feel for New York City's further reaches and a very sure hand with actors.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 19, 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
James Berardinelli
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An indie of the sort that achieved popularity during the 1990s but which has since fallen out of favor, City Island offers jokes worth laughing at and characters who earn their good turns of fortune.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 17, 2010
Kevin Lee
Time Out New York
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Who would think that a sleepy seaside snippet of the Bronx could foster a Faulkner novel's worth of family skeletons?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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An affectionate portrait of a lower-middle-class, outer-borough clan, City Island works best as an actor's showcase, with Margulies's aggrieved, simmering wife the stand-out.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 16, 2010
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