Night Falls on Manhattan


Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19

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  1. But Night Falls on Manhattan is also oddly listless. It doesn't often live up to the doomy eloquence of its title.
  2. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    It's good to know that the widely liked but underused Andy Garcia has here a juicy dramatic role he can get his chops into.
  3. 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.
  4. That said, what must be added is that, disappointingly, Night Falls on Manhattan doesn't quite add up.
  5. 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.
  6. Director Sidney Lumet takes another shot at New York City police corruption in his new film, but despite some solid performances, Night Falls on Manhattan fails to deliver the passion of such Lumet classics as "Serpico" and "Prince of the City."
  7. The seriousness and simplicity with which he approaches his subject in Night Falls on Manhattan are refreshing even if the vivacity of the thing never really has a chance to develop.
  8. Perhaps the most vexing flaws in this movie are its irresolute plot structure and tone.
  9. You can't help but wish the set up were shorter and the dilemma longer.

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