Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    An, at-times, marvellous muddle of high farce and low-brow chuckles.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin B. Lee
    60
    Somehow, writer-director Raymond De Felitta pulls off these proceedings way better than anyone has a right to, thanks to his light touch with potentially lurid plot developments and his generosity in letting actors flesh out their sitcom setups.
  3. 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. How many movies can do that for you?
  4. Andy Garcia reminds you of what a cunning, likable actor he can be.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    58
    The movie too often equates drama with volume, and agita with authenticity.
  6. Warm, broad and uneven, City Island almost thrives in the lite entertainment zone where ethnic family dramedy meets mildly raucous farce.
  7. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    50
    Frank De Felitta wrote and directed this feeble but well-stuffed comedy; Alan Arkin and Emily Morton are wasted in cameos as Garcia's drama coach and acting buddy, respectively.
  8. It has a basic goodness of heart that counteracts, if not entirely cancels out, the film's broadness and busyness.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 5, 2012
    8
    It could have very easily been annoying, but thanks to the strength of its cast it becomes a funny, heartfelt, and endearing story of aIt could have very easily been annoying, but thanks to the strength of its cast it becomes a funny, heartfelt, and endearing story of a dysfunctional family. Full Review »
  2. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    A truly great film with multi-faceted scenes and such a diverse story. Such eccentric dark humour with a complex look at family and all of itsA truly great film with multi-faceted scenes and such a diverse story. Such eccentric dark humour with a complex look at family and all of its problems.
    Highly recommended.
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  3. Apr 13, 2011
    6
    A slight premise (a dysfunctional family unable to be honest with each other are brought together by an ex-con who turns out to be...) whichA slight premise (a dysfunctional family unable to be honest with each other are brought together by an ex-con who turns out to be...) which could easily have been wrecked by poor casting is brought to life by excellent, empathetic performances by Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies. There are a few bum notes (a wince-inducing turn by Emily Mortimer as an ever-so-English aspiring actress and a cringeworthy scene where Garcia over-emotes as an amateur actor under-emoting to win a role) but it's all likeable enough, particularly when they all stop shouting and start listening to each other. Full Review »