City by the Sea - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

City by the Sea Reviews

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Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
A compendium of clichés about fathers and sons.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
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-
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 15, 2002
A mix of cop-movie cliches and genuinely good acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 14, 2002
The material and the production itself are little more than routine.
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
September 13, 2002
A meandering gabfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 12, 2002
City by the Sea is a good film that yearns to be a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
John Anderson
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
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 11, 2002
'De a veritable source of sincere passion that this Hollywood contrivance orbits around.'
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 9, 2002
I found the movie as divided against itself as the dysfunctional family it portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 9, 2002
A predictable story that staggers and unravels at a snail's pace.
Frank Ochieng
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
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 8, 2002
It all seemed wasted like DeNiro's once promising career and the once grand Long Beach boardwalk.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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