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The City of Your Final Destination (2010)

The City of Your Final Destination


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 2,868


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for a brief sexual situation with partial nudity)
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
In Theaters:
Aug 17, 2010
Box Office:
Screen Media Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The City of Your Final Destination

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (34) | DVD (2)

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

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

It's like Paul McCartney's songs after the split with John Lennon - there's some good stuff, but nothing classic.

Full Review… | August 1, 2010
Top Critic

With a wimpy protagonist and a reticent director driving the story, The City of Your Final Destination doesn't go far enough.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A movie that feels as if it should have been a masterpiece. As it is, it's flawed, uneven work but deserves careful viewing.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Like all Merchant/Ivory films, The City of Your Final Destination quietly shimmers.

Full Review… | June 18, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011

Ivory without Merchant films a bloodless, dreary tale

Full Review… | December 24, 2010

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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010

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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
Empire Magazine Australasia

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2010
At the Movies (Australia)

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010
Sydney Morning Herald

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

Full Review… | October 9, 2010
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

Full Review… | October 9, 2010
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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Wisconsin State Journal

An aptly lush but below-the-numbers yarn

Full Review… | August 2, 2010
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review… | July 13, 2010
Philadelphia Weekly

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

Full Review… | June 29, 2010
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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

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.

Thomas Johnston

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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.."


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