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City by the Sea Reviews

September 26, 2002
A compendium of clichés about fathers and sons.
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 6, 2002
De Niro's workmanlike in a dismayingly familiar role.
September 6, 2002
I like everything about it except it.
September 6, 2002
It's a run-of-the-mill cop thriller but also a gripping family drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2002
The real Vincent LaMarca has lived a life that's the stuff of Greek tragedy. Too bad this film can't quite do it justice.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2002
De Niro has been showing us great stuff for 30 years now, but in this movie he shows us something new..
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2002
Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand almost rescue this lifeless, cliched cop drama! Close isn't good enough!
September 6, 2002
De Niro may enjoy the same free ride from critics afforded to Clint Eastwood in the lazy Bloodwork. But like Bruce Springsteen's gone-to-pot Asbury Park, New Jersey, this sad-sack waste of a movie is a City of ruins.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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
September 6, 2002
The furious coherence that [DeNiro] brings to this part only underscores the fuzzy sentimentality of the movie itself, which feels, as it plods toward the end, less like a movie than like the filmed reading of a script in need of polishing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 6, 2002
A murky, vaguely fact-based melodrama that quickly sinks into the same swamp as such recent De Niro mistakes as 15 Minutes and Showtime.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 6, 2002
[City] reminds us how realistically nuanced a Robert De Niro performance can be when he is not more lucratively engaged in the shameless self-caricature of 'Analyze This' (1999) and 'Analyze That,' promised (or threatened) for later this year.
September 6, 2002
City by the Sea suffers from dialogue that often sounds like convenient exposition as well as from a climax that feels too pat and prosaic. But the film is peppered with small, explosive scenes that have a refreshing complexity.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2002
A few moments of slackness notwithstanding, the tale is emotionally gripping to the end.
Read More | Original Score: A
September 6, 2002
City by the Sea falls a script short of bliss -- we'll have to settle for occasional contentment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2002
A thoughtful, provocative, insistently humanizing film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2002
A good cop movie with fine performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2002
In its workmanship it aspires not to be remarkable but to be well made, dependable, moving us because of the hurt in the hero's eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2002
City by the Sea begins life in great health only to be strangled in its crib by bad writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2002
De Niro portrays Detective Vincent LaMarca with the earnest determination of a man trying to transform a bathroom-wall limerick into King Lear.
September 5, 2002
Like a book you can't put down, this is one of the rare movies that simply keeps getting better and better.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2002
Too long, and larded with exposition, this somber cop drama ultimately feels as flat as the scruffy sands of its titular community.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 5, 2002
City by the Sea is the cinematic equivalent of defensive driving: It's careful, conscientious and makes no major mistakes. But what saves lives on the freeway does not necessarily make for persuasive viewing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 5, 2002
For the first time in years, De Niro digs deep emotionally, perhaps because he's been stirred by the powerful work of his co-stars.
September 5, 2002
You've already seen City by the Sea under a variety of titles, but it's worth yet another visit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 5, 2002
Those who venture into a theater playing City by the Sea will find their two hours well spent
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2002
Without De Niro and McDormand, City By The Sea could have easily been just another cheesy cop drama. With them, it's a moving story about fathers and sons, and how it's never too late to change your life.
September 5, 2002
All movie long, City by the Sea swings from one approach to the other, but in the end, it stays in formula -- which is a waste of De Niro, McDormand and the other good actors in the cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 4, 2002
The movie turns into a policier version of an Arthur Miller father-son truthfest, which is at once corny, a little schematic, and just honest enough to work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 3, 2002
Suffers from a schematic, overdetermined rigidity, as if screenwriter Ken Hixon had plotted the scenario on graph paper before setting it down in type.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100
September 3, 2002
The abundance of self-serving fabrication in City by the Sea not only diminishes LaMarca's experience and cheapens McAlary's work, it all but desecrates the memory of the real murder victim.
September 3, 2002
I liked a lot of the smaller scenes.
August 26, 2002
De Niro infuses his familiar NYC cop identity with a feeling of near-exhaustion and emotional fatigue, the outward face of a man who has been privately suffering for years.
August 26, 2002
An exceptionally acted, quietly affecting cop drama.