The Lost City Reviews

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July 6, 2010
By the half way point I was beginning to take back everything I said re Steven Soderbergh's dull-as-ditchwater Che: Part II - even he manages to drum up more tension than this.
August 30, 2009
Unfolds like a series of as outtakes from Hollywood productions
December 5, 2008
'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.
December 5, 2008
There may be a good film here, but it struggles to break free of the cumbersome framework.
December 5, 2008
Andy Garcia's preposterous vanity project The Lost City is an all-singing, all-dancing version of the Cuban Revolution.
December 5, 2008
The script is scrupulously even-handed, but Garcia can't seem to get a grip on this sprawl.
December 5, 2008
Great music and costumes, but with a woeful plot and jaw-droppingly stilted dialogue. Cuban-born Garcia's main complaint against Fidel seems to be that rich, corrupt Cubans could no longer dance the night away.
December 5, 2008
Not an embarrassment, but definitely a missed opportunity.
December 4, 2008
Andy Garcia's directorial debut is a flawed and overlong but nonetheless watchable drama with strong performances, a superb soundtrack and bizarre appearances from Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray.
November 20, 2008
August 7, 2008
September 18, 2007
Garcia obviously has more ambition than skill.
March 1, 2007
Garcia is just too earnest to make his dream project anything but deadly dull.
August 30, 2006
It's by no means a flawless film, but it's a meaty one, and if you're a big fan of Andy Garcia, I'd definitely recommend it. (Plus, Bill Murray's in there.)
August 1, 2006
When it succeeds, the film conveys a bittersweet longing for a lost moment and the unfulfilled promise of a democratic Cuba.
July 22, 2006
...plays like a confusing and inferior Caribbean analog to The Godfather, without anything like the narrative drive of Coppola's film.
July 14, 2006
While the soundtrack of Cuban dance music is superb, this historical drama is leaden and simply too long-winded for its own good.
July 1, 2006
Shapeless stories that drift away from the revolution, puffed up by a biased take on 1959 Cuba with the hot air of romance.
July 1, 2006
Garcia's storytelling lacks highs and lows and has far too much going on. And on.
June 30, 2006
The result has a potluck rather than persuasive, integrated quality.
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