City by the Sea
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A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca (Robert DeNiro) is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police detective who has gone to great lengths to distance himself from his past; four decades earlier, Vincent's father Angelo killed a young child, and since then Vincent has carried emotional scars from this incident that he refuses to show to the world. Vincent lives alone in a small apartment building, though he has nurtured a close if… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A compendium of clichés about fathers and sons."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"I like everything about it except it."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Ambitious, improbable and very violent cop drama."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Caton-Jones ... understands that this story is not about how all the details work out, but about one man's heart and his slow awakening to moral responsibility."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"O Último Suspeito ganha força ao também funcionar em uma esfera adicional: a do drama familiar."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A film that doesn't just support the action to come, but makes it seem inevitable."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"It's a run-of-the-mill cop thriller but also a gripping family drama."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The film ends up as shallow as the thankless love interest role Frances McDormand somehow agreed to play here."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"If Rebel Without a Cause were told from the father's perspective, the result would probably be something like City by the Sea."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"...A showcase for excellent acting by some older, established performers and also some newer faces."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"De Niro's workmanlike in a dismayingly familiar role."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The real Vincent LaMarca has lived a life that's the stuff of Greek tragedy. Too bad this film can't quite do it justice."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Filmmaker Micahel Caton-Jones serves up an edgy drama filled with tragically flawed characters portrayed by Robert De Niro, James Franco and Frances MacDormand."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"We watch an esteemed actor discovering new nuances. In turn, it's a sublime reminder of the qualities that made Robert De Niro great, not a gimmick."
‑ Nick Rogers, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
"...a dark, brooding, depressing tale, unrelieved by the humor or irony the writer of a fictional story might have brought to the screen."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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