The Lost City
The Lost City (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 3, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its heart is in the right place, but what starts as a promising exercise devolves into an overlong, unevenly directed disappointment.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.

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David Germain
Associated Press

Garcia needed better guiding hands and eyes in the editing room to jettison the many parts that bog down the story.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

When it succeeds, the film conveys a bittersweet longing for a lost moment and the unfulfilled promise of a democratic Cuba.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Unsteady but often entrancing.

Fernando F. Croce

Unfolds like a series of as outtakes from Hollywood productions

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

It's handsome and heartfelt but mired in murky politics, plot inertia, musical montages and painfully pointed symbolism.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Stella Papamichael

There may be a good film here, but it struggles to break free of the cumbersome framework.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
despite the beautiful music and cinematography, there was little substance to this film. i was hoping for a film that would provide more history of the cuban… More
FanGirl Browncoat
Good music and nice cinematography.
danny d
really great film for a directorial debut by andy garcia. he also does a great job acting in this one. bill murray plays a small role but steals the movie in… More
Bruce Bruce
This is a good movie, with actor and director (Andy Garcia), Shows the Cuba way of life coming up. Kind of like the Soprano's in the begining. Glad I… More