The City of Your Final Destination Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 13, 2010
Slow, dull and wielding absolutely no emotional impact despite a fine cast.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 25, 2010
With a wimpy protagonist and a reticent director driving the story, The City of Your Final Destination doesn't go far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
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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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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.
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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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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
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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
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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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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 15, 2010
It's a frustratingly oblique film where few events connect, and fewer moments matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 14, 2010
This movie is a triumph.
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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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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.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 14, 2010
Ivory seems lost; it's as if he needs decades of distance and a canonized voice to bring out his best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
June 8, 2009
Languid, multi-accented adaptation of the contempo novel by Peter Cameron suffers from an unfocused screenplay and direction.