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City Hall (1996)

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63

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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Three A-list screenwriters -- (Nicholas Pileggi, Bo Goldman, and Paul Schrader) -- contributed to the script of this idealistic political drama. John Pappas (Al Pacino) is the popular, ethical Mayor of New York; Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) is his even more idealistic and principled deputy. When a detective and mobster kill each other and an innocent six-year-old black child in a shootout, questions arise about what the cop was doing meeting with the gangster in the first place. The Mayor and his

Jul 27, 1999

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (11) | DVD (3)

Its chief pleasure is the acting of the big cast, notably Pacino. At 55, he has a haggard, life-wrestling beauty and a street eloquence that has more innocence than De Niro and more sincerity than Nicholson.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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An ambitious but unsatisfying meditation on the morality of power.

May 5, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Has all the ingredients for a solid drama but instead comes out a half-baked disappointment.

December 22, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Convincing drama about the moral ambiguity of contemporary politics.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for City Hall

A political thriller done good. It's all about the performances and it's all about New York, in all its seedy glory. All of the performances are good but you'd expect nothing less from such a talented cast. Pacino does however steal the show. The ending lets it down somewhat but it's easy to watch and it will be having you do the accent for hours later.
November 7, 2013
SirPant

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More like Shitty Hall.
November 20, 2006
mjgildea

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The acting is fairly good all around in this solid suspense film, but the script is a little too uninvolving to rise above a level of mediocrity. Pacino is superb, of course, performing with a range of emotions most actors can only dream of.
July 24, 2007
michaelcorleone

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I have to say, I do like my political thrillers like the next person, but human interest and direct emotional connection must always be the primary concern of a movie, i my opinion. This one is just a mess and a confused and entangled heap of intrigue and chess, with no room for the characters to breath and spread the human energy. A stale and dry offering which never clicks, despite the good cast.
February 21, 2011
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