Bad Lieutenant Reviews

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January 8, 2019
[Keitel] keeps us watching his descent without wanting to look away. Only an actor with tremendous reserves of power could accomplish that.
January 8, 2019
It's a powerhouse performance in a film of jabbing intensity and wit.
April 9, 2008
Members of the gutter-al elite will be the sole survivors.
April 9, 2008
Bad Lieutenant is finally a pulp parable of sin, addiction, and redemption, a movie that, like its subversive hero, revels in the pleasure -- and danger -- of going too far.
April 9, 2008
Abel Ferrara's uncompromising Bad Lieutenant is a harrowing journey with a corrupt N.Y. cop sinking into the lower depths.
April 9, 2008
There's an undeniable formal elegance in the way Ferrara, who coauthored the script with Zoe Lund, frames and holds certain shots, and Keitel certainly gives his all.
May 3, 2019
Ferrara uses this fictional piece to penetrate the corrupt soul of a dirty rotten cop when he is confronted with something more terrible than even himself.
January 7, 2019
The greatest New York City depiction of repentance in the deepest, darkest slums of the human soul since Scorsese's "Mean Streets."
July 24, 2018
As emptily defiant as a bit of graffiti on the base of a dustbin.
May 30, 2018
Bad Lieutenant generates a fascination of abominations as Ferrara drives home his message about police corruption -- with Keitel's cop as the avatar of everything sick and evil in perverted law enforcement.
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