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The Lost City Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 9, 2006
It's barely coherent as it is, but at 2 hours and 23 minutes, The Lost City is simply infuriating.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 74/100
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
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Unfolds like a series of as outtakes from Hollywood productions
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
April 27, 2006
Compelling in fits and starts, actor-director Andy Garcia's The Lost City possesses grand aspirations but troublesome execution.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 18, 2006
You can see why Garcia was drawn to this material, but he hasn't had much luck shaping it into a film.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.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
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.
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 19, 2006
The film suggests a dutiful if clunky pastiche of The Godfather and a right-wing Reds, with Fellove and his brothers and parents representing a spectrum of possible responses to the Cuban revolution.
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
December 5, 2008
Not an embarrassment, but definitely a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 10, 2006
Handsomely executed but hopelessly flawed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 18, 2006
... full of characters with import more symbolic than dramatic (Bill Murray plays a veritable court jester), ideas that wander and contradictions that dissipate.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 25, 2006
Staged with credibility and loads of Cubano flair, the film slows to a sludgy crawl, giving us lots of time to consider it as a pro-old-guard, anti- revolutionary elegy.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 28, 2006
... a romantic epic manque that swoons across the screen for nearly two and a half hours without saying much ...
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 28, 2006
The Lost City manages to make Havana, Sydney Pollack's disastrous 1990 attempt at a Casablanca homage set against the Cuban revolution with Robert Redford, look good by comparison.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 12, 2006
It's the sort of epic that aspires to tell Cuba's modern political history and celebrate its people without introducing us to a single believable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 12, 2006
The Lost City has a subject, a setting and a historical backdrop, but in the foreground it has a relatively passive protagonist, Fico, whose passions are understated and whose fortunes inspire only minor concern.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 26, 2006
Somewhere amid the bric-a-brac -- hot rhythms, ocean breezes and political upheaval and melodrama -- a movie languishes. Garcia never really finds it.
| Original Score: C
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