There are too many disparate and irreconcilable Hollywood conventions competing for our attention. Even Lumet’s usual attentiveness to New York locations fails to provide a catalyst (and few of his locations are as flavorsome as the original’s). Cassavetes’s Gloria may have been action-packed nonsense, but it was enjoyable precisely because it was all of a piece. This Gloria is simply pieces—a few of them enjoyable, most of them not.
January 29, 1999