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City by the Sea Reviews

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September 30, 2002
For me, acting rarely makes or breaks a movie, but there's so much heart invested in the characters at the centre of this film that I found myself captivated, for just a while, by the troubles of those people up on the screen.
September 26, 2002
A compendium of clichés about fathers and sons.
September 25, 2002
The ending is quite refreshing, as a movie that has contrasted the past and the present optimistically looks ahead to the future.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2002
The burden falls upon the exceptionally fine cast to infuse the familiar material with emotional truth and a sense of urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2002
a provocative and gutsy thriller, yet it's hard to escape the feeling that it brings up far more issues ... than it can possibly deal with
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2002
A standard police-oriented drama that, were it not for De Niro's participation, would have likely wound up a TNT Original.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 16, 2002
That this tale of family woe, resembling the stuff of Greek tragedy, actually happened makes the film absolutely devastating on a certain level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2002
A mix of cop-movie cliches and genuinely good acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2002
The material and the production itself are little more than routine.
September 13, 2002
A meandering gabfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2002
City by the Sea is a good film that yearns to be a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2002
A film that doesn't just support the action to come, but makes it seem inevitable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2002
'De Niro...is a veritable source of sincere passion that this Hollywood contrivance orbits around.'
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 10, 2002
By no means dreadful, but too much an exercise in generic cop movie to be genuinely involving. DeNiro deserves better from a film and DeNiro's audience deserves better from him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2002
There's enough dramatic urgency in City By the Sea to make it worthwhile, even as you wish the pieces would add up to something greater.
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September 9, 2002
...the maudlin way its story unfolds suggests a director fighting against the urge to sensationalize his material.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 9, 2002
I found the movie as divided against itself as the dysfunctional family it portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2002
A predictable story that staggers and unravels at a snail's pace.
September 9, 2002
If the film had only bothered to take it up a few notches and buck the superficial confines of a flavorless crime saga, then this vehicle would have been a lot more appetizing in its zealous state.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2002
Despite DeNiro showing up from time to time, this flick plays like an Afterschool Special written by Richard Price
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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