films seen
8/52
average score
1.50*
nationality
USA - 86 years old
status
R.I.P. (1924 - 2011)
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Dubious filler

The Verdict

by Sidney Lumet
1982 / 129m - USA
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
The Verdict poster

Serpico

by Sidney Lumet
1973 / 130m - USA
Crime, Drama
2.0*/5.0*
Serpico poster

What I've come to expect from a popular 70s Hollywood films. It's a bit dark, it's a bit gritty, it's mostly a genre film bogged down by a lot of pointless drama and an excessive runtime. If it works, I'm sure it's all the more impressive, if it doesn't, you can't help but wonder why they even bothered.

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Serpico is an honest cop, which makes him somewhat of a pariah. None of his colleagues want to work with him, some even go further by putting Serpico in direct danger on purpose. But Serpico stands by what he believes, and when he discovers some of his fellow policemen are stealing cash from the busts they're doing, he can't keep the info to himself.

Pacino is decent, though I prefer him when he was a bit older. The plot isn't all that interesting and the extra characterization feels flat and uninspired. I'm not a big fan of that grayish (read dull) 70s cinematography either, the score was also pretty tame. That said, I've seen worse and at just over two hours long, it's not impossible to get through.

Plain forgettable

Night Falls on Manhattan

by Sidney Lumet
1997 / 113m - USA
Crime, Drama
1.5*/5.0*
Night Falls on Manhattan poster

Guilty as Sin

by Sidney Lumet
1993 / 107m - USA
Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
Guilty as Sin poster

Sidney Lumet is a pretty big name in cinema, apparently that hasn't kept him from directing some truly mediocre thrillers. Guilty as Sin feels like a bland, dispirited straight-to-video release in every single way possible. It's the kind of shelf filler that would disgrace video stores in the 90s, genre fare that was meant to be consumed and forgotten.

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Jennifer is a young, female lawyer looking to build a career. When she takes on David's case it looks like an ideal opportunity to rise in the ranks, but soon enough Jennifer finds herself battling an unruly client. David is a scumbag who keeps taunting Jennifer, but she has no choice but to defend him in court.

Poor performances, bland cinematography, a non-score and a very basic plot make this an extremely forgettable film. No doubt De Mornay and Johnson were big enough to draw some unsuspecting souls to watch the film, just as Lumet's name may have convinced a confused shopper, but this is little more than a bland 90s thriller.

Family Business

by Sidney Lumet
1989 / 110m - USA
Crime, Drama
1.5*/5.0*
Family Business poster

Network

by Sidney Lumet
1976 / 121m - USA
Drama
1.5*/5.0*
Network poster

Dog Day Afternoon

by Sidney Lumet
1975 / 125m - USA
Crime, Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
Dog Day Afternoon poster

Irritation overload

12 Angry Men

by Sidney Lumet
1957 / 96m - USA
Crime, Drama
0.5*/5.0*
12 Angry Men poster