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City Island Reviews

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September 14, 2010
Andy Garcia is a pleasant enough guide to almost rate a visit to this City, but all the conflict here lies on the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 9, 2010
an enjoyably offbeat slice of amusingly dysfunctional family life
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 3, 2010
An enjoyable film.
August 24, 2010
Wacky film makes smoking, teen fetish part of the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2010
De Felitta chose well by casting 24-year-old actor Steven Strait, who gives the exasperated convict humor, charm, and sex appeal - something that doesn't go unnoticed by Joyce, or many of the women in the audience as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2010
Melding the abundant misunderstandings of a Shakespeare comedy with the New York wit of a Neil Simon play, City Island is a boisterous charmer with a big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2010
Everybody has a secret and is too dumb to work out what those secrets are, a specious bit of plotting designed to pad out the running time of this shrill farce beyond its natural sit-com length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 22, 2010
This feature might work better as a television series, but Garcia himself gives the picture some much-needed ballast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 22, 2010
There's nothing earth-shatteringly new, but you do end up wishing the characters well, and I was happy to have spent time with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2010
I won't make great claims for Raymond De Felitta's film - it hardly makes them for itself - but I will say this for it: as an ensemble acting workout, it exceeds expectations from the top down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2010
An at-times marvellous muddle of high farce and low-brow chuckles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2010
This isn't a revolution in filmmaking, but a rare kind of comedy where the actors keep it real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 22, 2010
The script, by dyed-in-the-wool New York indie filmmaker Raymond De Felitta, is like someone's homework for a screenwriting course. The secrets aren't interesting and you know a big showdown at the end is a given.
July 22, 2010
Garcia's gift for comedy is a true revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 22, 2010
Sweet and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2010
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally engaging, warm-hearted and frequently funny family drama with terrific central performances from Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 19, 2010
Its revelations come too early, and many of its scenes are too long, but City Island is kept afloat by its unusual location and fine-tuned performances.
July 6, 2010
I would say that if you have a distaste for indie comedies about quirky families that co-star Alan Arkin, think twice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 6, 2010
In real life, I find relationships with loud, argumentative people exhausting. In the movies, though, they can be a lot of fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 6, 2010
This drama feels a little contrived due to the sheer number of issues faced by one family over a short period of time. But it's so refreshingly well-acted, with lively characters and some fairly outrageous situations, that it keeps us fully engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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