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The City of Your Final Destination Reviews

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Paj Sandhu
October 22, 2010
Sometimes it's nice to just relax and listen to the deep soothing tones of Anthony Hopkins, even if what he's saying is absolute dribble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 2, 2010
An aptly lush but below-the-numbers yarn
Full Review | Original Score: C
Don Groves
December 24, 2010
Ivory without Merchant films a bloodless, dreary tale
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 12, 2010
The Remains of the Day director has considerable trouble disentangling this latest in his long line of demure chamber pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 17, 2010
An overlong, strained and poorly-paced drama with that suffers from Omar Metwally's bland performance and excessive style over substance. It can't be saved by an otherwise terrific cast, beautiful scenery and exquisite production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.70/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 22, 2010
Destined to be little more than a footnote in the anthology of extraordinary films to come out of the long creative collaboration between producer Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 15, 2010
Among other problems, the material has maddening character and situation gaps that require one to suspend disbelief.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 13, 2010
This is a very disappointing film. It lacks life, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ben McEachen
Empire Magazine Australasia
October 15, 2010
Looks like a Merchant Ivory movie. Bores like a lesser one, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 13, 2010
This is a rather drab affair with a protagonist who seems to have had a personality bypass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 15, 2010
It's of moderately passing interest this film, but that's all. I hope Ivory and Prawer Jhabvala find their feet with the next one.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
October 11, 2010
It's not an entirely boring film. After a while, your pulse rate slows and you settle into the landscape. The two-hour running time, however, puts you in acute danger of growing moss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoff Berkshire
June 3, 2010
An artificial, almost theatrical quality to the dialogue and staging conflicts with the material's character-driven nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 25, 2010
The City of Your Final Destination clocks in as Ivory's best movie in some time, but it's still far too uneven and careless to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
July 29, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
May 29, 2010
The story is nonexistent and the dialogue so self-conscious that the entire proceeding becomes as numbing as someone reading a mediocre book aloud.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 14, 2010
The City of Your Final Destination is lovely to look at -- and languid to the point of stultifying torpor, as interesting characters make speeches to one another about life, love, and literature.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 16, 2010
This long and overly genteel adaptation of Peter Cameron's 2002 novel never quite comes to a boil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
May 3, 2010
It's a fine cast, but this is an example for me of actors being really pulled down by the material.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 27, 2010
What was intended as a tart elegy for a vanished way of life becomes a valedictory to a certain kind of filmmaking: beautifully appointed, intelligently played, and civilized into inertia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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