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  • Summary: Andy Garcia stars and makes his directorial debut in a passionate and historical tribute to his native Cuba. (Magnolia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Throbbing with music, seething with anger and romance, The Lost City is a film that breaks your heart, bewilders, alienates and ravishes you by turns.
  2. Some of the tropes of The Lost City are ineffective. What does work is the sense of loss. The late Cuban novelist and screenwriter G. Cabrera Infante finds a brilliant device in the love affair between Fico and Aurora (Ines Sastre), his sister-in-law, in that Aurora in some way becomes Cuba.
  3. 67
    Watching The Lost City is like falling into a delirious dream on a marathon train ride only to be roused every 15 minutes by a conductor punching your ticket or barking out the next stop.
  4. Though the filmmaker's feel for his Cuban heritage is bone-deep, it's a glazed and dolorous movie - a depressed epic.
  5. When an intensely emotional scene calls for the voice to break, call in Andy Garcia. He does the best voice-breaking, half-choked sob of anguish in the business, and he does it a lot in Lost City, his well-meaning directorial debut.
  6. Garcia seems to be aping the "Godfather" movies and Warren Beatty's "Reds," but the movie's gracefulness is limited to its handling of the music (some of which Garcia wrote).
  7. 25
    The Lost City is Andy Garcia's ballad to Havana during the Cuban revolution. You'll have to forgive the penthouse view, though -- it's the only one Garcia can seem to find.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. AmyB.
    May 2, 2008
    10
    Mr Garcia i loved this movie, What a moving love story. I love Cuban food, music,culture and you really captured it all . I have been to Mr Garcia i loved this movie, What a moving love story. I love Cuban food, music,culture and you really captured it all . I have been to Cuba, its sad what happened their. Expand
  2. MariaE.
    May 28, 2006
    10
    I was very young when I left Cuba but seeing the movie with my Mom she relived her past and as the movie was happening, she would be I was very young when I left Cuba but seeing the movie with my Mom she relived her past and as the movie was happening, she would be explaining things to me. Cubans are very family oriented and this movie certainly depicts how communism affect even the closest family. The music is fabulous. This movie certainly needs more exposure and it would be nice to see a continuation of another movie similar to this one. American people need to see what we Cuban's went through and how our country was destroyed by Fidel Castro. Expand
  3. JimG
    May 14, 2006
    10
    Actually, a very, very good movie. Beautiful cinematography and great music. I expected the story and directing to be tedious possibly, after Actually, a very, very good movie. Beautiful cinematography and great music. I expected the story and directing to be tedious possibly, after reading some reviews. I now wonder why those reviewers couldn't follow what was being said. It all made sense to me, and it was told very well. I was in Havana last month and it is a beautiful city...that has deteriorated for years. Great trip in a country of contrasts. The people are beautiful and warm. Havana has the largest amount of colonial architecture in the Americas. I believe it can become a city like Prague in terms of tourist attraction. Yet the people are very poor. The visitors to the country use a different currency than the residents, and everything is divided along those lines. The children seem happy and there is universal education and healthcare. There is a sense of "The Revolution" everywhere and also a sense of waiting...... For things to change and get better. This movie gives a true perspective of how one dictator replaced another. I recommend the film to everyone. Expand
  4. LulusG.
    Jun 5, 2006
    10
    Extremely moving, amazing cinematography and an extraordinary musical socre. Some criticts talk about historical inacuract. Extremely Extremely moving, amazing cinematography and an extraordinary musical socre. Some criticts talk about historical inacuract. Extremely moving, amazing cinematography, and glorious music. Some critics talk about historical inaccuracies, mainly the portrayal of Che Guevara as an assassin. Ironically, the movie is historically accurate. Separate from his many recorded speeches, Che kept a diary up until his death and it he recounted in detail many of the killings "with a bullet to the temple" of uncooperative peasants and people suspect of not adhering to the revolution's dogma. His motto was 'When in doubt, kill him Expand
  5. MariH.
    May 28, 2006
    9
    Refreshing to see a realistic perspective of the impact of the cuban revolution and a true portrayal of Che for the assasin that he was Refreshing to see a realistic perspective of the impact of the cuban revolution and a true portrayal of Che for the assasin that he was instead of how he has been portrayed by Hollywood in the past. Expand
  6. A.M.
    Sep 26, 2006
    6
    I liked the story and the cinematography. The acting? Overall pretty good, although Bill Murray's character should have been axed, I liked the story and the cinematography. The acting? Overall pretty good, although Bill Murray's character should have been axed, inappropiate and not funny. Dustin Hoffman's was too short and didn't add too much to the story. It was a little slow at times and could have been shortened. Ines Sastre was surprisingly good for a model... It just lacked something, can't put my finger on it. Directing maybe? It just didn't flow. Expand
  7. ChrisW.
    Aug 19, 2006
    2
    Snoozefeast-a-palooza! There's so much talent on the screen and none of it comes through. A boring story that has way too many Snoozefeast-a-palooza! There's so much talent on the screen and none of it comes through. A boring story that has way too many distractions. I never thought that I would be disapointed seeing Andy Garcia, Bill Murray, and Dustin Hoffman in the same movie and in the same scene! I guess there's a lesson to be learned from this movie... what it is... I have no idea. Expand

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