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The City of Your Final Destination
Historically noteworthy as the first Merchant Ivory production that lacked the involvement of longtime producer Ismail Merchant (he died three years prior to this movie's release), director James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination embodies an adaptation of Peter Cameron's 2005 novel of the same name, written for the screen by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Omar Metwally stars as Omar Razaghi, a young graduate student in the U.S. who wishes to author a biography on the late Jules Gund -- an enigmatic writer who spent his final years with his family in Uruguay, then committed suicide.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Slow, dull and wielding absolutely no emotional impact despite a fine cast."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A movie that feels as if it should have been a masterpiece. As it is, it's flawed, uneven work but deserves careful viewing."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The performances feel honest, and are perfectly attuned to Ivory's sauntering directorial pace. No one is in a hurry to have any epiphanies or enjoy the release of emotional catharsis. I appreciated it."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"It's of moderately passing interest this film, but that's all. I hope Ivory and Prawer Jhabvala find their feet with the next one."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"This is a rather drab affair with a protagonist who seems to have had a personality bypass."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"It's like Paul McCartney's songs after the split with John Lennon - there's some good stuff, but nothing classic."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Like all Merchant/Ivory films, The City of Your Final Destination quietly shimmers."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Ivory without Merchant films a bloodless, dreary tale"
‑ Don Groves,
"Looks like a Merchant Ivory movie. Bores like a lesser one, too."
‑ Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia
"It's not an entirely boring film. After a while, your pulse rate slows and you settle into the landscape. The two-hour running time, however, puts you in acute danger of growing moss."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"With a wimpy protagonist and a reticent director driving the story, The City of Your Final Destination doesn't go far enough."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"There's no dramatic mainspring to the story, but the civilized dialogue is refreshing, the South American locations are lovely and Jorge Drexler's score is rapturously romantic."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Sometimes it's nice to just relax and listen to the deep soothing tones of Anthony Hopkins, even if what he's saying is absolute dribble."
‑ Paj Sandhu, Moviedex
"This is a very disappointing film. It lacks life, really."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"A rich and engaging film from one of cinema?s grand masters"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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