Q & A
Q & A (1990)

In this suspenseful aciton thriller a bad-to-the-bone renegade cop kills a drug dealer and tries to cover up his wrong-doing by making it look as if he was only protecting himself. The trouble really begins when the assistant D.A. assigned… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 27, 1990
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Berardinelli

Q & A is testimony to the validity of the old adage: a good story, when well told, can never be told too many times.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Unfortunately, Lumet isn't the brawny social commentator he would like to be -- he's a Jimmy Breslin manque'.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lumet pulls no punches showing a contemporary NYC plagued by racism, violence, crime, tribalism, cronyism, and corruption.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

While this tough, fundamentally sound New York thriller has its moments, it's no Prince of the City.

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Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Clint Morris

Another tour-de-force for Lumet

Vincent Canby
New York Times

''Q and A'' is most memorable for its performances, beginning with Mr. Nolte's.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Q&A is a fairly typical Lumet film in the tradition of Prince of the City, Night in Manhattan, and well, everything else since Serpico (with the notable… More
Danny Rovira
A powerful gritty well-acted crime drama, brilliantly directed by Sidney Lumet. About a wet-behind-the ears Assistant D.A. superbly played by Timothy Hutton who… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Nick Nolte plays a greasy smell bad racist cop, who tries to intimidate Timothy Hutton. Justice is served to the pig.
Marcus Woolcott
The acting, the cast, the script, the direction...it's all first class. The problem is that we're supposed to be surprised that politicians are… More
Dean McKenna
Really dull and silly tale of New York police corruption.
Anthony Valletta
Good cast and director fails to hit home in this tale of corruption.