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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Turns out to be a supple, intriguing, and beautifully staged movie. It features Dillon, in his most forceful performance since ''Drugstore Cowboy.''
  2. 75
    Between the Caan and Dillon characters there are atmosphere, desperation and romance, and, at the end, something approaching true pathos.
  3. This is very much the work of a cinephile, calling to mind such middle-period Orson Welles jumbles as "The Lady From Shanghai" and "Mr. Arkadin" as well as dozens of other movies I only half remember, a familiarity that's essential to its charm.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Despite a name cast, with Dillon playing an insurance crook, pic is holed by a plot-heavy script that's unsatisfying at a character level and plays like a cut-down version of a much longer, more ambitious saga.
  5. The film has plenty of shortcomings, but it's fun to see Caan back in action.
  6. If you feel you might already have seen City of Ghosts, but can't quite place it, you'd be forgiven. Hollywood, never afraid of working a cliché to death, has turned out dozens of "City of . . ." films over the years.
  7. The story, a half-baked one about treachery and greed, meanders to an unsatisfactory ending with a punch line that, well, doesn't punch very hard.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. PaulB.
    Oct 1, 2005
    9
    Every element of this film was well thought out and executed. From the selection of locations, casting, the musical score, and especially the Every element of this film was well thought out and executed. From the selection of locations, casting, the musical score, and especially the writing and directing this film is both thoughtful and entertaining. I will be looking forward to seeing absolutly anything Matt Dillon chooses to direct based on his debut as director. A throughly enjoyable film, and rare in its attention to detail and craft. Expand
  2. JonathanN.
    Mar 25, 2006
    9
    A thoroughly engrossing movie. The pacing is unusual but a welcome break from hollywood predictability. Great characters, fabulous settings, A thoroughly engrossing movie. The pacing is unusual but a welcome break from hollywood predictability. Great characters, fabulous settings, and a plot that holds together nicely and keeps you guessing. Overall a very pleasurable and rewarding viewing experience. Expand

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