City Island Reviews

  • Andy Garcia reminds you of what a cunning, likable actor he can be.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A professionally executed farce of the yelling-family variety.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A very funny film, and one that operates at the sea level of humanity. Quaint. Slightly peculiar.

    John Anderson — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • [A] noisy, eccentric, bizarrely lovable film.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • I can think of far less pleasant ways to pass 100 minutes -- many of them playing now at a theater near you.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • [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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Garcia and Margulies, who worked so well together in George Hickenlooper's Man from Elysian Fields, show a sure feel for comedy here...

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Feeble but well-stuffed comedy.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • City Island runs through its stockpile of impossibly melodramatic scenarios and manages to make them, and the respective Rizzos in their throes, feel genuine.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A funny, heartfelt look at families, relationships and the lies that prop them up as much as tear them down.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Another expertly written joyride through the confines of narrowminded provincialism to cleansing self-awareness from indie director de Felitta.

    Ronnie Scheib — Variety

  • 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.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Jonathan F. Richards — Film.com

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