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City Island Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
March 31, 2010
De Felitta knows how to depict family dysfunction, but he lards his film with asinine quips and too many headache-inducing dinner-table shouting matches, and the humor is so contrived, Garcia's Bronx accent sounds channeled through Fred Flintstone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
March 31, 2010
The movie too often equates drama with volume, and agita with authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2010
Everybody's got their secrets in City Island, something we're reminded of early and often by writer-director Raymond De Felitta.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
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.
Anton Bitel
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.
Brian Orndorf
March 18, 2010
City Island doesn't achieve a secure heartfelt resonance, and while I don't fault it for trying, it's not easy to watch the film strain so hard to achieve so little.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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
Dan Lybarger
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 22, 2010
Is mildly entertaining until it sinks from sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 30, 2010
Contrived soap-opera, delineating yet another dysfunctional family - and woefully underutilizing its interesting locale.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 19, 2010
There are some capable actors here, working very hard with very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
March 18, 2010
it feels natural that the actors are what keep the more superfluous scenes from weighing down De Felitta's film
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 19, 2010
A professionally executed farce of the yelling-family variety.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 16, 2010
It has a basic goodness of heart that counteracts, if not entirely cancels out, the film's broadness and busyness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2010
Andy Garcia reminds you of what a cunning, likable actor he can be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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
Peter Bradshaw
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
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
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
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