City by the Sea
City by the Sea (2002)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 6, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even though the movie is well acted, it sinks under an abundance of melodrama and cliches.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

A compendium of clichés about fathers and sons.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

I like everything about it except it.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Ambitious, improbable and very violent cop drama.

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John Anderson

A film that doesn't just support the action to come, but makes it seem inevitable.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

It's a run-of-the-mill cop thriller but also a gripping family drama.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a shame that the source material and filmmakers manage to waste all the talented actors in this project.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

De Niro's workmanlike in a dismayingly familiar role.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Michael Dequina

The film ends up as shallow as the thankless love interest role Frances McDormand somehow agreed to play here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
3 3/4's--I rather liked this for what it's worth. Not a big blockbuster movie. A little slow, but it contains some really good actors...minus William… More
Manu Gino
When you're searching for a killer... the last suspect you want to see is your son. Good movie. Very good acting role by Robert De Niro as always brings… More
Chris Weber
Michael Caton-Jones takes the helm for this low-key crime thriller about a veteran cop named Vincent LaMarca who becomes conflicted when he learns that the… More
Conner Rainwater
Not one of my favorite movies from Robert De Niro, but it is a decent film none the less. It has a lot of good casting choices, especially James Franco who did… More
Melvin White
Vincent LaMarca: How'd we get this way son? I remember the day you were born.  Joey: Yeah? Well, I remember the day you left. So we're even. … More
Lady D'arbanville
A film that questions family loyalty and doing the right thing. Strong performances by De Niro and McDormand and an intriguing story.