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City Island Reviews

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Andy Garcia demonstrates real comic chops in this charming comedy of family dysfunction.
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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.
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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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 22, 2010
The slice-of-life comedy City Island is a charming throwback filled with authentic characters.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 21, 2010
A funny, heartfelt look at families, relationships and the lies that prop them up as much as tear them down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 16, 2010
Writer-director Raymond De Felitta is essentially offering a kinky-comic New Yawk version of a Greek tragedy here, and even if the whole thing is pretty implausible, it's also fairly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 9, 2010
[A] noisy, eccentric, bizarrely lovable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
April 9, 2010
A very funny film, and one that operates at the sea level of humanity. Quaint. Slightly peculiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 8, 2010
All the performances are warmly engaging, even though the characters are broad and scenarios occasionally extreme. For those tired of clashing titans or weepy teen romances, City Island is a breath of fresh air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 8, 2010
In spite of an overly elaborate series of mix-ups that are revealed in a paroxysm of absurdity in the final scene, the movie has a genuine heart and a delicate earnestness that is as amusing as it is affectionate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2010
The cast proves game for anything, from Emily Mortimer as Vince's floridly English acting-class partner to a beleaguered, bewhiskered Strait, here displaying a comic prowess and fond knack for exasperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 2, 2010
The performances are absurdly broad, and each story line is more outlandish than the last. But De Felitta's approach is so easygoing, and the waterside setting so irresistibly charming, you're bound to walk out in a great mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
April 2, 2010
The outer-borough oddities of City Island are hard to resist.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 2, 2010
Another expertly written joyride through the confines of narrowminded provincialism to cleansing self-awareness from indie director de Felitta.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
April 2, 2010
The complications have the appeal of a classic farce, and if the movie's humor requires a suspension of disbelief, the actors are terrific, and there's much pleasure in watching the way the drama redoubles and resolves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
April 2, 2010
A treat for movie lovers everywhere -- even if you've never heard of the community where it takes place.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 2, 2010
City Island scrapes by and delivers a smile or two because it does contain a fundamental understanding of the rot that sets in when people hide their true selves from the ones they love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 1, 2010
The movie's comic machinery never stops clanking long enough for us to relax and genuinely enjoy the silliness. But the actors are enjoying themselves, and that goes a very long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2010
Garcia and Margulies, who worked so well together in George Hickenlooper's Man from Elysian Fields, show a sure feel for comedy here...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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+
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2010
Feeble but well-stuffed comedy.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
March 29, 2010
I was won over by this movie's affectionate, silly spirit.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 29, 2010
[It] won't put [Garcia] back on the main road, but he tries some new things in it, and it's fun to watch him work.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
March 26, 2010
Writer-director Raymond de Felitta understands that a proper farce, like a good campfire, needs plenty of friction to get started.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 26, 2010
I can think of far less pleasant ways to pass 100 minutes -- many of them playing now at a theater near you.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 25, 2010
City Island is a relief for filmgoers dulled by Hollywood formula. Despite lapses into overstatement, it's nothing but good, sweet, breezy times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 25, 2010
City Island runs through its stockpile of impossibly melodramatic scenarios and manages to make them, and the respective Rizzos in their throes, feel genuine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 25, 2010
All the family secrets must come crashing together, of course, in an implausible, if impeccably crafted, collision of botched confessions, mistaken identities, handcuffs and risqué outfits.
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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+
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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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 19, 2010
De Felitta, who directed the wonderful Two Family House (2000), has a great feel for New York City's further reaches and a very sure hand with actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 17, 2010
An indie of the sort that achieved popularity during the 1990s but which has since fallen out of favor, City Island offers jokes worth laughing at and characters who earn their good turns of fortune.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin B. Lee
Time Out
March 17, 2010
Who would think that a sleepy seaside snippet of the Bronx could foster a Faulkner novel's worth of family skeletons?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 16, 2010
An affectionate portrait of a lower-middle-class, outer-borough clan, City Island works best as an actor's showcase, with Margulies's aggrieved, simmering wife the stand-out.