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The City of Your Final Destination

The City of Your Final Destination (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 34

A stellar cast can't elevate this leaden adaptation that, while just as beautiful as anything director James Ivory's made before, comes off as dusty and dry.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 10

A stellar cast can't elevate this leaden adaptation that, while just as beautiful as anything director James Ivory's made before, comes off as dusty and dry.

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Historically noteworthy as the first Merchant Ivory production that lacked the involvement of longtime producer Ismail Merchant (he died three years prior to this movie's release), director James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination embodies an adaptation of Peter Cameron's 2005 novel of the same name, written for the screen by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Omar Metwally stars as Omar Razaghi, a young graduate student in the U.S. who wishes to author a biography on the late Jules Gund -- an

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Art House & International, Drama

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Aug 17, 2010

$0.5M

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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (34) | DVD (2)

Slow, dull and wielding absolutely no emotional impact despite a fine cast.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It's like Paul McCartney's songs after the split with John Lennon - there's some good stuff, but nothing classic.

August 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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With a wimpy protagonist and a reticent director driving the story, The City of Your Final Destination doesn't go far enough.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A movie that feels as if it should have been a masterpiece. As it is, it's flawed, uneven work but deserves careful viewing.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like all Merchant/Ivory films, The City of Your Final Destination quietly shimmers.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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There's no dramatic mainspring to the story, but the civilized dialogue is refreshing, the South American locations are lovely and Jorge Drexler's score is rapturously romantic.

June 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The performances feel honest, and are perfectly attuned to Ivory's sauntering directorial pace. No one is in a hurry to have any epiphanies or enjoy the release of emotional catharsis. I appreciated it.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Ivory without Merchant films a bloodless, dreary tale

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Sometimes it's nice to just relax and listen to the deep soothing tones of Anthony Hopkins, even if what he's saying is absolute dribble.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

It's of moderately passing interest this film, but that's all. I hope Ivory and Prawer Jhabvala find their feet with the next one.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Looks like a Merchant Ivory movie. Bores like a lesser one, too.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

This is a very disappointing film. It lacks life, really.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

This is a rather drab affair with a protagonist who seems to have had a personality bypass.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's not an entirely boring film. After a while, your pulse rate slows and you settle into the landscape. The two-hour running time, however, puts you in acute danger of growing moss.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A rich and engaging film from one of cinema?s grand masters

October 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

With all the cinematic trademarks of a James Ivory film, this adaptation of Peter Cameron?s novel seduces us slowly, as we get to know the characters whose lives are intertwined for better and for worse

October 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

"Destination" is another effort by director James Ivory in his long-running campaign to give arthouse audiences a comfortable place to take a nap.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin State Journal

An aptly lush but below-the-numbers yarn

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

full review at Movies for the Masses

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

This adaptation of the Peter Cameron novel is pretty dull, and the whole thing is so lacking in energy that it becomes a chore to watch.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The film is an endearing dinosaur, more suited for a museum than a multiplex...

July 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

Rather pallid...[a] stolid, talky adaptation of Peter Cameron's novel.

June 29, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Audience Reviews for The City of Your Final Destination

Opulent visuals as usual from Ivory almost gives one to forget the slight tale of a writer who travels to Uraguay to try to save his career and, as John Lennon famously said "life happens" in the form of Charlotte Gainsbourg. Hopkins and Linney mail in their performances, but perhaps that's all that was required of them.
January 14, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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A slow moving story of finding love. Interesting people may not always make the most interesting characters. The actors give strong performances, but the story just feels to drag.
June 27, 2011
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

Sometimes a movie is nothing special neither good nor bad just okay but contains within it a top flight performance, this is one of those films and Laura Linney's is the performance of note. She plays a woman who is icy and remote but thanks to her skill she makes her intriguing and at times very humorous. Why isn't this woman a huge star? Had she been around in the 30's and 40's she would have been right up in the forefront with Davis, Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck tearing her way through the grade A material. The rest of the picture is standard with beautiful cinematography but just an average story and the rest of the performers fail to impress.
January 31, 2011
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jay nixon

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Cast: Omar Metwally, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Hiroyuki Sanada, Norma Aleandro, Alexandra Maria Lara, Kate Burton, Norma Argentina

Director: James Ivory

Summary: After duping school officials into awarding him a grant to write a biography on novelist Jules Gund, grad student Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally) must travel to Uruguay to get legitimate authorization from the late author's three executors.

My Thoughts: "What a complete absolute bore this film was. It's a character study film that's characters are boring and not interesting at all. The story goes nowhere in the almost two hour time frame. I had high hopes with greats like Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney being in the mix, but even they couldn't pick this film off the ground. The acting wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great either. The story dragged on and on. I was impatient for it to be over with. I thought maybe the ending would be worth all the nothingness I sat through. Wrong. The ending was just as pointless as this entire film was. This film is one I would recommend other's to pass on.."
October 1, 2010
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