City Island Synopsis
A touching tale about a family whose comfortable co-existence is upended by past secrets and present day lies.
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San Francisco Chronicle

You needn't have colorful Italian relatives, like myself, to enjoy this boisterous and warm-hearted film, which sidesteps cliche while...
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
For me, the movie's high point comes when Tony auditions for a role in a Martin Scorsese movie. Tony learns not to try so hard -- a lesson...
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
A charming throwback filled with authentic characters.
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88

Washington Post

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In this story, everyone, man or woman, is a walled fortress of paranoia, secrecy, unsatisfied yearnings and anger-at-low-tide, all of which...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A warmly hilarious movie about family members and their secret hearts.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
What's not to like?
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The ensemble cast is strong. At its silliest comic moments it has a sitcom flavor, but the overall effect is gently amusing.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A strident, contrived, surprisingly lovable Noo Yawk City family farce.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The performances are absurdly broad, and each story line is more outlandish than the last. But De Felitta’s approach is so easygoing, and...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Andy Garcia reminds you of what a cunning, likable actor he can be.
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City Island - Limited Release March 19, 2010

By PapaChuck
Most impressive; U are so completely swept away by the perfect blend of actors, direction, cinematography, storyline - that it isn't until quite some time after the film - once you're laughter has...

Best Movie This Year So Far

By NotArchCampbell
I just saw this advertised on TV this week and went to see it on a whim. (I did read one or two user reviews). It was an excellent movie. I don't even really like Andy Garcia that much, but he was...

City Island - Limited Release March 19, 2010

By Papa Chuck
Most impressive; U are so completely swept away by the perfect blend of actors, direction, cinematography, storyline - that it isn't until quite some time after the film - once you're laughter has...

Funny, touching, enjoyable if a bit hokey

By whoamitojudge
This film had some clever, funny moments. It definitely held my interest. Some bits were a little far-fetched and inauthentic, but the story was original and it worked. Good acting, many laughs...

Andy Garcia has come of age

By 50sFan
City Island would be a fabulous movie on its own, but with Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies the film movies into classic territory. I was amazed at how Mr. Garcia completely fell into the Bronx...

Good Soundtrack too!

By suemarie
Good movie about a family that is not necessarily dysfunctional , but one that is hiding many secrets. Really good cast with Andy Garcia a standout as the father trying to keep it all together. Good...

City Island

By ELeonardfrom BrooklynNY
Excellent! What a great movie!! Funny, sensitive, compelling... Families are complicated and this movie portrayed family and personal issues and fears in an inellegent manner...

witty and funny movie

By psychgirl
This was a great flick- full of humor and witty story line. It is a bit predictable but it's a great date night movie or just a good movie to enjoy after a long day....

city island: a movie with character and heart. great experience

By t79
city island is a terrifically enjoyable movie, especially after it gets started; reminiscent of "moonstruck" it taps the talents of andy garcia, who makes it look easy, and a hoot of a performance...

city island

By mjlaroche
Excellent movie. Too bad something this good can't hit mainstream. Compared to Knight and Day, which is a typical mainstream movie, I'd give this one a 10 and Knight and Day a 5. The acting was...

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, smoking and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Wacky film makes smoking, teen fetish part of the joke.
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