New York Times - 03/19/2010
"A professionally executed farce of the yelling-family variety, CITY ISLAND revolves around a blue-collar clan with more secrets than filters."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/02/2010
"Andy Garcia reminds you of what a cunning, likable actor he can be."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/31/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "Garcia and Marguiles, who worked so well together in George Hickenlooper's MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS, show a sure feel for comedy here..."
Rolling Stone - 04/15/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] warmly hilarious movie....Writer-director Raymond De Felitta tells his story modestly, but his gift for laughs laced with charm and bristling humanity is utterly irresistible."
USA Today - 04/09/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "[This] dysfunctional family comedy has unexpected charms, tapping into basic truths about human nature and familial relationships. The ensemble cast is strong."
Washington Post - 04/09/2010 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] very funny film, and one that operates at the sea level of humanity..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2010
"[T]his is a film in which human beings, with their petty foibles and treacheries, are viewed evenly and with affection..."
A dysfunctional family living on a picturesque island in the Bronx spares no expense in avoiding the truth about their messed-up lives in writer/director Raymond de Felitta's dark family comedy. The family patriarch, Vince (Andy Garcia) is a prison guard who is secretly plotting a new career as an actor. Meanwhile, as Vince takes acting lessons on the down low, his daughter moonlights as a stripper and his younger namesake harbors a secret fetish that involves the family's 300-pound neighbor. Under normal circumstances Vincent's wife, Joyce (Julianna Margulies), would be the family rock, but lately she's been preoccupied with uncovering the identity of the hired help, a secret that only her husband knows.