• Released
  • May 16, 1997
  • R , 1 hr 54 min
  • Courtroom Drama
    Drama
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
One of the most refreshing things about this movie is the manner in which it combines genres in unexpected ways.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie is knowledgeable about the city and the people who make accommodations with it.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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]
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Night Falls on Manhattan makes you nostalgic for Lumet's truly first-rate corruption movies, like the great, underrated "Q&A" (1990).
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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.
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60

Empire

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.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
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."
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
Perhaps the most vexing flaws in this movie are its irresolute plot structure and tone.
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40

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
You can't help but wish the set up were shorter and the dilemma longer.
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58 out of 100
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