City of Hope
City of Hope (1991)

A city pulses with racial problems, political corruption, and small-time crime in this ambitious microcosm of urban life, written and directed by John Sayles. Nick Rinaldi (Vincent Spano), a lost soul usually high on drink and drugs, has… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 20, 1992
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Adam Lippe

Sayles' strategy is unique and sneaky without being self-serving... An epic-scale examination of how the bad guy never knows he's the bad guy.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A powerful and profound film about what is wrong with our cities and what it will take to save them.

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Shane Burridge

A great dance that Sayles choreographs

Emanuel Levy

Though flawed, Sayles' most ambitious film to date confronts modern America as it is beset with explosive racial and class tensions, escalating crime, political corruption, and police brutality.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A closed circle of aspiration and compromise, simple hopes impossibly complicated by the stark realities of life in a kind of wartime.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A rare Sayles misstep that lets the message overrule the material.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I found the romance between Spano and Williams to be very believable and moving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Sayles best work by far. Simply an amazing film, a must for fans of the Wire. The fact this isn't available on DVD is proof of a cruel uncaring god.
Brian R
This is a good movie. A film that tackles racial problems, politics, corruption, protests, and urban life. "City Of Hope" is the American microcosm… More
Anthony Valletta
Another great Sayles ensemble cast piece.