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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
February 28, 2011
The performances feel honest, and are perfectly attuned to Ivory's sauntering directorial pace. No one is in a hurry to have any epiphanies or enjoy the release of emotional catharsis. I appreciated it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 9, 2010
A rich and engaging film from one of cinema?s grand masters
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 9, 2010
With all the cinematic trademarks of a James Ivory film, this adaptation of Peter Cameron?s novel seduces us slowly, as we get to know the characters whose lives are intertwined for better and for worse
Top Critic
August 1, 2010
It's like Paul McCartney's songs after the split with John Lennon - there's some good stuff, but nothing classic.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 25, 2010
A movie that feels as if it should have been a masterpiece. As it is, it's flawed, uneven work but deserves careful viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 18, 2010
Like all Merchant/Ivory films, The City of Your Final Destination quietly shimmers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 11, 2010
City is a talky melodrama, and some of the dialogue is oddly stiff. But it's a pleasure to watch great actors dig into this literary material, and the movie looks sunny and spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2010
There's no dramatic mainspring to the story, but the civilized dialogue is refreshing, the South American locations are lovely and Jorge Drexler's score is rapturously romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 26, 2010
It's gorgeous to look at. It has literate, well-spoken people. It has marvelously sensitive performances from Hopkins and Sanada.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
One can dislike half of what Merchant Ivory has done and yet, in principle, still support the cause. Cutting-edge isn't all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
May 3, 2010
A small film, at times a creaky one -- but I liked it.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 16, 2010
A sophisticated drama about love and literary matters skillfully and sensitively directed by James Ivory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 16, 2010
Partly because the rarefied aesthetic climes conjured by the film barely exist anymore, its story feels as quaint as the once-vital Merchant Ivory ethos of hothouse nostalgia -- with its antique-shop sensibility and Anglo-European snob appeal -- does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
April 16, 2010
A piercing and intelligent dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
April 16, 2010
The City of Your Final Destination is a fine, familiar addition to the Merchant Ivory oeuvre.
Wendy Weinstein
Film Journal International
April 15, 2010
The new film from James Ivory is leisurely paced, lacking in narrative drive perhaps, but rich in nuance, dialogue and atmosphere. Marvelous performances by Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 14, 2010
This movie is a triumph.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 14, 2010
James Ivory and cast make every scene flutter with feeling in this adaptation of Peter Cameron's 2002 novel, written for the screen by Ivory's collaborator-of-50-years, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 13, 2010
Quiet, deliberate and understated in its humor and romance...a subtle, polished story...There is, one hopes, still room for a film as charming and layered as this one.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 12, 2010
Elegant, enthralling journey into self-discovery - with James Ivory continuing the richly refined, tantalizing, exotic Merchant/Ivory storytelling tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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