Prince of the City Sidney Lumet's film about Robert Leuci — a real-life narcotics detective caught in a web of intra-force betrayal — dispenses with backstories, motivations, and real… Prince of the City Sidney Lumet's film about Robert Leuci — a real-life narcotics detective caught in a web of intra-force betrayal — dispenses with backstories, motivations, and real…
Movie on DVD Review

Prince of the City (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 22, 2007; DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Treat Williams; Distributors: Orion Pictures and Warner Bros.

Sidney Lumet's film about Robert Leuci — a real-life narcotics detective caught in a web of intra-force betrayal — dispenses with backstories, motivations, and real names. What remains is nearly three hours of disorientation and paranoia, accented by Method-y monologue outbursts that quickly disappear into a vacuum of overwhelming loneliness. Despite more than 100 speaking parts, Treat Williams' Leuci seems to float through Prince of the City in solitude. EXTRAS In a stellar making-of, Lumet discusses the movie's complex visual strategies. B+

Originally posted May 18, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints
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