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  • Summary: Restless City tells the story of an Africa immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement)

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Apr 21, 2012
    80
    In this intense twist on the American Dream, director Andrew Dosunmu vividly captures the pulsating dynamic of New York city's pan-African community, a robust aggregation that subsists amid an often hostile foreign environment.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Aug 16, 2012
    75
    With Dosunmu, African culture thrives in a demographically shifting but historically African-American part of town. If the idea is that Nollywood could work in Manhattan, this is the director who can show us how.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 21, 2012
    70
    Picture's visual elegance makes a limited arthouse life possible, although Nigerian-born fashion photog-turned-helmer Andrew Dosunmu is far more interested in aesthetics than narrative in erecting his visually poetic "City."
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Apr 24, 2012
    70
    Told in an elliptical style with a pacing and jagged rhythms that take some getting used to, the thrust and power of the film lies in its poetic imagery.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    May 1, 2012
    63
    The script simply isn't in the same league as the images that Andrew Dosunmu and the gifted cinematographer Bradford Young have fashioned.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 27, 2012
    50
    Mr. Dosunmu seems to have directed all his actors to pause before delivering lines, giving a languor to the film that comes to feel studied.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Apr 26, 2012
    40
    In its portrait of a Restless City the film is strangely inert and feels like the work of image-makers, not storytellers.
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