|Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: September 6, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
We so often hear the lament that Hollywood films don't have characters we can care about that it's a real pleasure to note that all the people in this one feel fully developed. It'd be nice if there were more of a plot to go along with them.
A great cast can't quite pull City by the Sea out of the drink.
Notwithstanding a thin script and a color-by-numbers ending, the movie is redeemed by its solid performances.
After the complex buildup of tensions, the last ten minutes of the movie are a comic-pathetic letdown: the subdued acting and the trash-strewn street scenes lead to nothing more striking than the kind of overexplicit clichés heard in mediocre TV dramas. Even De Niro's discipline and skill can't save lines that should never have been spoken in the first place. [9 September 2002, p.162]
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