October 8, 2012


From my Sidney Lumet marathon, part 2 of 8.

Serpico, 1973. A cop puts himself in danger by refusing to take bribes.

Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Waldo Salt & Norman Wexler, based on a book by Peter Maas. Starring Al Pacino.

Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 4/4 (Great)
Music: 1/4 (Bad)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4). An excellent, extremely well-made movie (although a disproportionate amount of the credit for that probably has to go to Pacino). Personally, though, I just can't get much out of the Innocent Man Stands Up To Gross Injustice trope.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.7/4 (Good)

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