The Lost City
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Andy Garcia stars and makes his directorial debut in a passionate and historical tribute to his native Cuba. Havana in 1958 is a place of pleasure for many, but others are not happy under the rule of Dictator Fulgencio Batista. As the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro and Ernesto 'Che' Guevara prepare to move on the city, Fico Fellove -- owner of the city's classiest music nightclub, El Tropico -- struggles to hold together his family and the love of a woman, not knowing that his club will become more than just a stage for popular entertainment. Observing all is The Writer an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"Garcia needed better guiding hands and eyes in the editing room to jettison the many parts that bog down the story."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"By the half way point I was beginning to take back everything I said re Steven Soderbergh's dull-as-ditchwater Che: Part II - even he manages to drum up more tension than this."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Andy Garcia's preposterous vanity project The Lost City is an all-singing, all-dancing version of the Cuban Revolution."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Not an embarrassment, but definitely a missed opportunity."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"When it succeeds, the film conveys a bittersweet longing for a lost moment and the unfulfilled promise of a democratic Cuba."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Unsteady but often entrancing."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Unfolds like a series of as outtakes from Hollywood productions"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The script is scrupulously even-handed, but Garcia can't seem to get a grip on this sprawl."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"Andy Garcia's directorial debut is a flawed and overlong but nonetheless watchable drama with strong performances, a superb soundtrack and bizarre appearances from Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It's handsome and heartfelt but mired in murky politics, plot inertia, musical montages and painfully pointed symbolism."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Somehow simultaneously too much and not enough. At 143 minutes, it well overstays its welcome as a movie, but with a little more fleshing out it might have worked as a miniseries."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"There may be a good film here, but it struggles to break free of the cumbersome framework."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Film4
"Great music and costumes, but with a woeful plot and jaw-droppingly stilted dialogue. Cuban-born Garcia's main complaint against Fidel seems to be that rich, corrupt Cubans could no longer dance the night away."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"Garcia obviously has more ambition than skill."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
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