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This movie is knowledgeable about the city and the people who make accommodations with it.
USA Today
Lumet (who also wrote the script) seems to feed on lousy cop-precinct furniture, political showboating and confrontations between street-savvy adversaries played by synergic actors. [16May1997 Pg.01.D]
One of the most refreshing things about this movie is the manner in which it combines genres in unexpected ways.
Entertainment Weekly
Night Falls on Manhattan makes you nostalgic for Lumet's truly first-rate corruption movies, like the great, underrated "Q&A" (1990).
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
So the promise of a proud director comes to nothing, and all my rooting goes for naught. Maybe, sadly, the metaphoric night that falls on Manhattan has finally begun to descend on Lumet -- and he's going gentle into it.
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.
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."
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.
You can't help but wish the set up were shorter and the dilemma longer.
Perhaps the most vexing flaws in this movie are its irresolute plot structure and tone.

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