The Lost City Reviews

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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'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.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
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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.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 23, 2006
It's handsome and heartfelt but mired in murky politics, plot inertia, musical montages and painfully pointed symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 23, 2006
Garcia needed better guiding hands and eyes in the editing room to jettison the many parts that bog down the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2006
Unsteady but often entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 22, 2006
Somehow simultaneously too much and not enough. At 143 minutes, it well overstays its welcome as a movie, but with a little more fleshing out it might have worked as a miniseries.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 16, 2006
Turgid, lumpy and almost unwatchably dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 16, 2006
Unfortunately, Garcia is inept as a director. His scenes are shapeless and bloated with self-important speeches.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 9, 2006
Too scattered, too confused, too patched-together to work dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 9, 2006
The movie has too many stories to tell and tells none of them very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 27, 2006
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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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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 26, 2006
A pretty bauble, a trinket offered when the stakes of barter were life and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 20, 2006
Though the filmmaker's feel for his Cuban heritage is bone-deep, it's a glazed and dolorous movie -- a depressed epic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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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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.
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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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 18, 2006
'That's not filmmaking,' I thought, 'that's photography.' 'That's not acting, that's posing.' 'That's not Jon Lovitz, it's Andy Garcia!'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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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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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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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 4, 2006
As a director, Garcia is such a sucker for gratuitous crosscutting and glossily elliptical filmmaking that viewers can be forgiven for mistaking Lost City for a 143-minute montage sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 28, 2006
... a lost movie that seems like it takes 16 years to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 28, 2006
How the movie's politics will sit with the audience aside, one of the problems in this overlong melodrama is the distracting casting of Bill Murray as a wisecracking sidekick and Dustin Hoffman as mobster Meyer Lansky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2006
... a haphazard jumble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 27, 2006
... it's too long, politically confusing and painfully self-indulgent, loaded with too many tertiary characters and darting from one subplot to the next like a butterfly with hiccups.
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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.
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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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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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Scott Foundas
Variety
March 10, 2006
Somewhere inside this overlong, sometimes engaging, often tedious affair, there may be a solid, 100-minute movie.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 3, 2006
Despite the strong emotional connection many Miamians will feel toward the movie, The Lost City falls far short of the sweep, complexity and passion it strives for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4