Prince of the City - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Prince of the City Reviews

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TV Guide
September 20, 2015
Williams gives a fine performance, the rest of the cast is also excellent, and director Sidney Lumet's eye for detail is sure throughout this authentic look at the dirtier side of police work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2011
One of Sidney Lumet's most complex and detailed New York City dramas about the dark, dirty side of police work, boasting a splendid performance from Treat Williams in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 21, 2011
Directs another Serpico, but with improvements.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Director Sidney Lumet is in firm control of the sprawling canvas, showing in spades his ability to harness intense energy and almost uniformly top-rate performances from a cannily-cast stable of solid character actors.
Clint Morris
August 17, 2008
The movie that should've turned Treat Williams into a huge star. This is one of Sidney Lumet's finest hours.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
June 7, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
October 5, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
An astonishing in-depth portrait of the interlocking worlds of police and hoodlum results, with no punches pulled and no easy solutions.
Steve Crum
May 31, 2005
Treat Williams courageously fights police corruption.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
November 4, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
After the film starts to turn itself over in your mind, it becomes a much deeper piece, a film about how difficult it is to go straight in a crooked world without hurting people you love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
"Prince of the City'' begins with the strength and confidence of a great film, and ends merely as a good one. The achievement isn't what it first promises to be, but it's exciting and impressive all the same.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 8, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
It's lengthy (almost three hours), gritty and almost highly involving, while Williams is superb as the man who, despite the honesty of his actions, is made to feel like the bad guy.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 10, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 30, 2002
One of 1980's most value-laden and riveting films offers a compelling portrait of crime and punishment and all the stops in between.
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