City of Hope
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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 spent his life in one New Jersey city, getting free rides from his connected father (Tony LoBianco) and hearing the locals talk of his brother's death in Vietnam. Searching for more control, Nick quits the cushy contractor's job provided by his Dad, feeling that major events are about to happen to him. That feeling proves accurate -- by film's end… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"A powerful and profound film about what is wrong with our cities and what it will take to save them."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A great dance that Sayles choreographs"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A closed circle of aspiration and compromise, simple hopes impossibly complicated by the stark realities of life in a kind of wartime."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A rare Sayles misstep that lets the message overrule the material."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"I found the romance between Spano and Williams to be very believable and moving."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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