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City Island Reviews

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July 6, 2010
Andy Garcia demonstrates real comic chops in this charming comedy of family dysfunction.
June 4, 2010
City Island contains a lot of warmth and good humour making it an unexpected delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 1, 2010
There's a beating pulse to this emotionally complex story and writer director Raymond De Felitta has created a wonderful, involving film with flawed characters we understand and with whom we empathise. When the secrets start to unravel like a tightly coil
May 30, 2010
Contrived soap-opera, delineating yet another dysfunctional family - and woefully underutilizing its interesting locale.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 28, 2010
The film has a likable, warm-hearted compassion for its characters. This generosity of spirit won my affection.
May 27, 2010
The sense of humour threaded through De Felitta's writing is infectiously sarcastic enough to silence any cynics who might be watching, but also warm and wise enough to give the feelgood crowd the fuzzy feeling they are after.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2010
Garcia gives a wonderful impression of a life-hardened non-actor finding his voice by drawing upon his own experiences.
May 22, 2010
Is mildly entertaining until it sinks from sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 14, 2010
For most of its 100 minutes, City Island is smart entertainment. The characters are involving, and the dialogue has snap. Before the ending falters, City Island has a personal, enjoyable verve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 10, 2010
[H]ilarious and witty portrait of a functional dysfunctional New York City family...
May 6, 2010
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May 2, 2010
According to writer-director Raymond De Felitta's blog entries on, he has worked a long time to get his new movie City Island to the screen, maybe a little too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2010
It just wants to entertain, and on that score it succeeds better than a lot of comedies with 10 times its budget.
April 30, 2010
Consider the unpretentious 'City Island' fine counter-programming to the CGI monsters, bland romantic comedies, randy teens and spandex superheroes that clog the megaplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2010
... City Island can be a moving piece of filmmaking when it gets serious and focuses on real people who are having real-life problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 30, 2010
Resembles a Norman Lear television comedy, for better and worse; it's 'realistic' but not exactly naturalistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2010
... the movie has a good heart, and that's what we respond to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 29, 2010
Strangely, this comedy-drama works pretty well a great deal of the time. The good cast certainly helps in that regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2010
This is the kind of movie that could easily sink into comedy hijinks as broad and flat as pappardelle. But it doesn't. De Felitta... makes no apologies for the outrageousness of the coincidences and gloriously knotty relationships and secrets.
April 28, 2010
Writer-director Raymond De Felitta has cut together a frustrating comedy, with the misunderstandings piling up like kindling for a bonfire that his movie never lights.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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