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The Lost City Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Unfolds like a series of as outtakes from Hollywood productions
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
December 5, 2008
There may be a good film here, but it struggles to break free of the cumbersome framework.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
December 5, 2008
Andy Garcia's preposterous vanity project The Lost City is an all-singing, all-dancing version of the Cuban Revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cath Clarke
December 5, 2008
The script is scrupulously even-handed, but Garcia can't seem to get a grip on this sprawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
December 5, 2008
Not an embarrassment, but definitely a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Campbell
September 18, 2007
Garcia obviously has more ambition than skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Garcia is just too earnest to make his dream project anything but deadly dull.
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
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.)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
August 1, 2006
When it succeeds, the film conveys a bittersweet longing for a lost moment and the unfulfilled promise of a democratic Cuba.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 22, 2006
...plays like a confusing and inferior Caribbean analog to The Godfather, without anything like the narrative drive of Coppola's film.
Read More | Original Score: 74/100
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 1, 2006
Garcia's storytelling lacks highs and lows and has far too much going on. And on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 30, 2006
The result has a potluck rather than persuasive, integrated quality.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 29, 2006
For a tribute to a lost city, Garcia has made a lost film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 26, 2006
Book-ended by fine songs; in between, Garcia offers more than two hours of clumsy Coppola/Scorsese karaoke...
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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