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The Lost City Reviews

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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
Michael Szymanski
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Campbell
September 18, 2007
Garcia obviously has more ambition than skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 23, 2006
... when it finds its footing, it becomes the movie it longs to be. And that happens often enough to make it worth finding, even when it seems as lost as the city it loves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2006
Unsteady but often entrancing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 16, 2006
It's a potent work, enlivened by fabulous Cuban music and Garcia's obvious love for his land and his culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Diana Saenger
May 29, 2006
Garcia's fans and viewers who love Cuban music will probably enjoy The Lost City if they don't mind the long run time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 25, 2006
Lovely to look at, and its mixture of Cuban standards and Garcia originals is delightful to listen to.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 19, 2006
As a musical fever dream of paradise lost, The Lost City is a flawed success, boasting just enough truth and admirable purpose to justify the hazards of Garcia's passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 18, 2006
A tribute to pre-revolutionary Havana, an elegy on what was lost, a little payback for a regime that drove his family out and, best of all, a synthesis of the driving Afro-Cuban rhythms of the extraordinary music.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 12, 2006
Overdirected, yes, but it's an epic, passionate portrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 12, 2006
Feels like the distillation of countless conversations and family legends, rehearsed from time immemorial by Cubans who fled their homeland and sought to re-create it in their memories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 11, 2006
Throbbing with music, seething with anger and romance, The Lost City is a film that breaks your heart, bewilders, alienates and ravishes you by turns.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
May 6, 2006
This is a very sad and winsome film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 1, 2006
Garcia, who fled the country with his family as a young boy, obviously has a fierce passion for this material, and he knows to his very soul.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
April 28, 2006
The sprawling -- two hours, 23 minutes -- epic meanders in places and its mix of tones and templates do not always serve its narrative. But the movie comes from the heart, filled with a passion that carries it through its rougher patches.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 27, 2006
A lot goes wrong in this overlong movie, but it has a human touch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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