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  • Summary: Sean Casey (Garcia) is just another idealistic assistant D.A. - until his prosecution of a cop-killing drug lord catapults him into the center of New York's tempestuous political arena. Vowing to follow the clues wherever they lead, the young D.A. embarks on a search for the truth that willSean Casey (Garcia) is just another idealistic assistant D.A. - until his prosecution of a cop-killing drug lord catapults him into the center of New York's tempestuous political arena. Vowing to follow the clues wherever they lead, the young D.A. embarks on a search for the truth that will force him to question his faith in the law, his loyalty to loved ones and his place in a system where justice is the ultimate con. (Paramount) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 100
    A string of unlikely events and coincidences set off Night Falls, and Lumet makes them believable the old-fashioned way: through interaction with a screen full of strongly drawn, fully dimensioned, psychologically valid characters.
  2. 88
    One of the most refreshing things about this movie is the manner in which it combines genres in unexpected ways.
  3. Starting with its romantic and inappropriate title, this is an old-fashioned melodrama, the same movie about police corruption and a cultural crisis of morality that Lumet has been making since the 70s, starting with "Serpico".
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Brace
    60
    While the predictable lesson -- that justice isn't cut and dry -- clogs the film's gears by the last reel, at least the first half of the movie has some lively story telling.
  5. But Night Falls on Manhattan is also oddly listless. It doesn't often live up to the doomy eloquence of its title.
  6. Reviewed by: Robin Dougherty
    50
    The problem -- as anyone who gets home from the movie in time to catch even a portion of "NYPD Blue" can tell you -- is that the genre that Lumet invented has buried him alive.
  7. 30
    Without serious political and ethical stakes, the story limps to a halt, shrouded in platitude and faux drama.

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