City Hall 1996

City Hall

Critics Consensus

City Hall explores political corruption with commendable intelligence, but this web of scandal struggles to coalesce into satisfying drama.

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37%

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Tragedy strikes when a child is caught in the crossfire between a cop and a mobster on the streets of New York City. Mayor John Pappas (Al Pacino) brushes the situation under the rug, causing his deputy mayor, Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack), to start asking questions. When Calhoun discovers that Pappas, his idol, is actually deeply involved in illegal activity between the police department and the Mafia, he is faced with a dilemma: Should he stay quiet, or expose his boss for who he really is?

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Critic Reviews for City Hall

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (11)

Audience Reviews for City Hall

  • Oct 16, 2011
    Not terrible...just not that good. I enjoy the portrait of New York City that City Hall creates, but this film really just drags towards its second half. It also has a lot of pointless scenes, and a telegraphed plot twist that makes no sense.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2009
    Started off good at the beginning but then it started to turn into just another movie.The speech Al Pacino gave at the kids funearal was Waaaaaay overdone
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2009
    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.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2006
    More like Shitty Hall.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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