The Rizzos, a family who doesn’t share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private. From IMDB
“Raymond De Felitta’s ‘City Island’ is that rare thing; a populist movie that doesn’t condescend to either its characters or the audience. ‘City Island’ is heartfelt, funny, wonderfully crafted and it swings.”
Amy Taubin, Film Comment (full review no longer available)
“ ‘City Island’ is a warmly hilarious movie about family members and their secret hearts. Writer-director Raymond De Felitta tells his story modestly, but his gift for laughs laced with charm and bristling humanity is utterly irresistible.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (click to read full review)
“ ‘City Island’ is a treat for movie lovers everywhere—even if you’ve never heard of the community where it takes place. One could broadly describe it as a comedy—at times, it even plays like farce—but its humor doesn’t come from gags or funny lines of dialogue. It derives, instead, from the real recognizable emotions of a boisterous Italian-American family. That gives the film a solid emotional underpinning and makes watching it a rewarding experience.”
Leonard Maltin, Maltin on Movies (Click to read full review)
“De Felitta has a great feel for New York City’s further reaches and a very sure hand with actors. He also has the discipline necessary to pull off a farce like this one, where everyone’s dirty laundry gets hung out to dry in a climactic scream-fest.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post (Click to read full review)
“Another expertly written joyride through the confines of narrow-minded provincialism to cleansing self-awareness from De Felitta.
Ronnie Scheib, Variety (Click to read full review)
“You needn’t have colorful Italian relatives to enjoy this boisterous and warm-hearted film, which sidesteps cliché while embracing the hope and love in loony dysfunctional families everywhere.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle (Click to read full review)
“A specious bit of plotting designed to pad out the running time of this shrill farce beyond its natural sit-com length.”
Alastair Harkness, Scotsman.com (click to read full review)