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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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.