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City Island Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 9, 2010
an enjoyably offbeat slice of amusingly dysfunctional family life
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 3, 2010
An enjoyable film.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
August 24, 2010
Wacky film makes smoking, teen fetish part of the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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

Daily Mail (UK)
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 22, 2010
An at-times marvellous muddle of high farce and low-brow chuckles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
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
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
July 22, 2010
Garcia's gift for comedy is a true revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
July 22, 2010
Sweet and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Top Critic
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Andy Garcia demonstrates real comic chops in this charming comedy of family dysfunction.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 28, 2010
The film has a likable, warm-hearted compassion for its characters. This generosity of spirit won my affection.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
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
Nick Dent
Sunday Mail (Australia)
May 25, 2010
Garcia gives a wonderful impression of a life-hardened non-actor finding his voice by drawing upon his own experiences.
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