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Following Serpico (1973) and Prince of the City (1981), veteran urban crime film director Sidney Lumet completed a thematic trilogy about New York City police corruption with this noir drama. When New York City cop Mike Brennan (Nick Nolte) shoots an unarmed Hispanic drug dealer in cold blood, he quickly plants a gun on his victim and manufactures some eyewitness testimony. D.A. Kevin Quinn (Patrick O'Neal) calls in his assistant district attorney, Al Reilly (Timothy Hutton), to conduct a perfunctory investigation of the incident, but Brennan's obvious guilt during a question and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Q & A is testimony to the validity of the old adage: a good story, when well told, can never be told too many times."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Unfortunately, Lumet isn't the brawny social commentator he would like to be -- he's a Jimmy Breslin manque'."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Lumet pulls no punches showing a contemporary NYC plagued by racism, violence, crime, tribalism, cronyism, and corruption."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Underrated crime drama with a great performance by Nick Nolte."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Unsettling film about the racial bigotry which permeates every facet of urban living."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"While this tough, fundamentally sound New York thriller has its moments, it's no Prince of the City."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Q&A is a major film by one of our finest mainstream directors. As both a portrait of modern-day corruption and an act of sheer storytelling bravura, it is not to be missed."
‑ , Entertainment Weekly
"Another tour-de-force for Lumet"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The type of film that wastes a good afternoon with delicious performances and weak writing."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Apollo Guide
"A ramshackle police drama that resides in the upper-tier of Lumet's ouevre."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"''Q and A'' is most memorable for its performances, beginning with Mr. Nolte's."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A New York at odds with Woody Allen's, albeit also filled with angst; where Allen dissects the middle class in the throes of its own insecurities, Lumet cruises the underbelly"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Sidney Lumet's third film about corruption in the NYC police department is a gritty, gripping and profane thriller with a powerhouse performance by an intimidating Nick Nolte."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"A gritty and morally complex cop thriller featuring a haymaker of a performance from Nolte."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It is nice to see a film that does not talk down to its audience even if perhaps it goes a little far in the other direction."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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