City by the Sea - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

City by the Sea Reviews

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September 6, 2002
It's watchable. But the whole enterprise is something of a yawner, not exactly a ringing endorsement for the fall's first major drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2002
The final ten minutes is enough to extinguish my fire for the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 5, 2002
An ambitious drama that never reaches any of its goals but has some watchable moments along the way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2002
A TV movie is still a TV movie, even if it's shown in theaters.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 6, 2002
A well-acted, but one-note film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 6, 2002
I like everything about it except it.
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
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 17, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
April 29, 2009
It's a shame that the source material and filmmakers manage to waste all the talented actors in this project.
September 6, 2002
...they missed the boat.
September 5, 2002
Unfortunately the story and the actors are served with a hack script.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2002
...little more than a well-acted television melodrama shot for the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 5, 2002
De Niro spars around the character, making occasional stabs at getting under the surface, but he never really inhabits the role.
September 5, 2002
We're forced to watch DeNiro struggle to chew out some of the most painful dialogue ever written... It's downright heartbreaking.
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
February 6, 2003
...a dark, brooding, depressing tale, unrelieved by the humor or irony the writer of a fictional story might have brought to the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
September 5, 2002
Well-acted, intelligent and honest, the film works too hard to be meaningful -- and it's never good to see a movie sweat.
Read More | Original Score: C
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