The Lost City

Critics Consensus

Its heart is in the right place, but what starts as a promising exercise devolves into an overlong, unevenly directed disappointment.



Total Count: 83


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Andy Garcia stars and makes his directorial debut in a passionate and historical tribute to his native Cuba. Havana in 1958 is a place of pleasure for many, but others are not happy under the rule of Dictator Fulgencio Batista. As the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro and Ernesto 'Che' Guevara prepare to move on the city, Fico Fellove -- owner of the city's classiest music nightclub, El Tropico -- struggles to hold together his family and the love of a woman, not knowing that his club will become more than just a stage for popular entertainment. Observing all is The Writer an ex-patriot American who sees Fico being drawn into events as the revolution changes everything. Though Fico watches a culture vanish and a people transformed, it is his love of Cuban music that keeps his memories alive.

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Andy Garcia
as Fico Fellove
Dustin Hoffman
as Meyer Lansky
Bill Murray
as The Writer
Inés Sastre
as Aurora Fellove
Tomás Milian
as Don Federico Fellove
Elizabeth Peña
as Miliciana Munoz
Jsu Garcia
as Che Guevara
Nestor Carbonell
as Luis Fellove
Millie Perkins
as Dona Cecilia Fellove
Enrique Murciano Jr.
as Ricardo Fellove
Richard Bradford
as Don Donoso Fellove
Dominik García-Lorido
as Mercedes Fellove
Steven Bauer
as Captain Castel
Tony Plana
as The Emcee
Juan Fernández
as President Fulgencio Batista
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Colonel Candela
Daniel Pino
as Alberto Mora
Victor Rivers
as El Indio
Waldemar Kalinowski
as Juan Manuel Fangio
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Critic Reviews for The Lost City

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (62)

  • 'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • Andy Garcia's preposterous vanity project The Lost City is an all-singing, all-dancing version of the Cuban Revolution.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The script is scrupulously even-handed, but Garcia can't seem to get a grip on this sprawl.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • When it succeeds, the film conveys a bittersweet longing for a lost moment and the unfulfilled promise of a democratic Cuba.

    Aug 1, 2006
  • It's handsome and heartfelt but mired in murky politics, plot inertia, musical montages and painfully pointed symbolism.

    Jun 23, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Garcia needed better guiding hands and eyes in the editing room to jettison the many parts that bog down the story.

    Jun 23, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lost City

  • Nov 02, 2008
    despite the beautiful music and cinematography, there was little substance to this film. i was hoping for a film that would provide more history of the cuban crisis; this film's treatment was facile. slow paced, boring, and overall disappointing film.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2007
    This is a good movie, with actor and director (Andy Garcia), Shows the Cuba way of life coming up. Kind of like the Soprano's in the begining. Glad I rented, but doubt that I would add it to my DVD Collection, sorry a nonbuy. Great dancing and music all throughout.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2007
    (April 2006, Director Andy Garcia) Andy Garcia, Dustin Hoffman & Bill Murray right away worth seeing...add Cuba's history to this & you have what movies ought to be!! TREMENDOUS IMPACT! Watch it for Andy Garcia's character who has tremendous heart and responsbility in the face of life's most serious events thrown at him! Dustin Hoffman & Bill Murray's performances--off beat but very special in this movie! 6 STARS!! <div style="width:257px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div>Fellow Flixster reviewer Cinevolver brings up an interesting point: Fico Fellove doesn't show us his actual political views in this movie?! Si! In fact my opinion is Director Andy Garcia's choice for his character Fico Fellove, head of the brothers in the household, has too much responsibility to worry about his politics! A practical sort (which I believe myself to be), Fico chooses to stay alive and to take actions to try to keep his family alive during the times of extreme upheaval in pre-Castro's Cuba. Aurore Fellove (Ines Sastre) dabbles with her affections at the precarious timing of the junta in Cuba! My advice? Darling, if you are loved by one of the sexiest men on this planet in any country...don't dabble simply in trivialities! We've all been there, at least once. Learned anything?? Also check out Modigliani....if you have a passion for painting or the Renaissance..or the arts!
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2007
    really great film for a directorial debut by andy garcia. he also does a great job acting in this one. bill murray plays a small role but steals the movie in all of his scenes. his character is even pointless, but he makes the film more entertaining. good flick that i recommend about the rise of fidel castro in cuba. the cast was great and the story flowed well.
    danny d Super Reviewer

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