City by the Sea Reviews

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October 7, 2002
Sombre, unpretentious and quietly moving.
September 26, 2002
A compendium of clichs about fathers and sons.
September 11, 2002
A film that doesn't just support the action to come, but makes it seem inevitable.
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.
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.
September 6, 2002
De Niro has been showing us great stuff for 30 years now, but in this movie he shows us something new..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 6, 2002
A few moments of slackness notwithstanding, the tale is emotionally gripping to the end.
September 6, 2002
City by the Sea falls a script short of bliss -- we'll have to settle for occasional contentment.
September 6, 2002
A thoughtful, provocative, insistently humanizing film.
September 6, 2002
A good cop movie with fine performances.
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.
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