• Released
  • September 6, 2002
  • R , 1 hr 48 min
  • Drama
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By James Berardinelli
Against the backdrop represented by stark images of abandoned buildings and lost dreams, the tale that is City by the Sea emerges, with the...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's so bleak that it would play like a contrived neo-noir if it weren't so consistent, committed and obviously sincere.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Moves along with a quietude, a scruffy direct plainness that has long gone out of style.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not an extraordinary movie. In its workmanship it aspires not to be remarkable but to be well made, dependable, moving us because of the...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
As a character study, City by the Sea is engaging. As a police thriller, it's not all there.
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63

Boston Globe

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The movie will be remembered primarily for the huge, emerging talent of James Franco, who plays De Niro's troubled son.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's a run-of-the-mill cop thriller but also a gripping family drama. It is in the moments spent untangling the threads of troubled...
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60

Wall Street Journal

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Notwithstanding a thin script and a color-by-numbers ending, the movie is redeemed by its solid performances.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The changes are meant to make it easier for audiences to accept Vincent's loyalty to Angelo and Joey, but they blunt the genetic mystery...
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30

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The true story of the LaMarcas, well told by the late Mike McAlary in Esquire, has been pounded into TV-crime mush by screenwriter Ken...
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Rated R | For language, drug use and some violence