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Bad Lieutenant Reviews

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Cole Smithey
September 26, 2010
Alongside "Reservoir Dogs" Able Ferrara's 1992 tour-de-force crime drama provides the epic showcase for Harvey Keitel's impressive acting abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
The combination of Keitel, New York City, and the Catholic Church reminds of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets. Yet Bad Lieutenant is much more disturbing and in your face, and successfully portrays the destruction of the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2009
Ferrara was in the right place at the right time to make Bad Lieutenant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Cabin
May 13, 2009
Keitel's performance is perhaps the needed counterpoint to Christopher Walken's ice-cold overlord in Ferrara's visionary crime opus King of New York
| Original Score: 4/5

April 9, 2008
The work of a warped wizard.
Clark Collis
Empire Magazine
April 9, 2008
Keitel is onscreen for pretty much the entire movie and clearly relishes the opportunity of playing someone not so much teetering on the abyss as leaping off with a grand piano manacled to each ankle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 9, 2008
Quite possibly Ferrara's finest hour, with an almost unbearably sincere performance from Keitel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Lawrence Cohn
April 9, 2008
Abel Ferrara's uncompromising Bad Lieutenant is a harrowing journey with a corrupt N.Y. cop sinking into the lower depths.

TV Guide
April 9, 2008
Though hardly a film for all sensibilities, Bad Lieutenant has the courage of its own convictions, and follows them to the bitter end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Cole Smithey
July 27, 2007
The highlight of Ferrara's career--sublime.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 5, 2006
[Ferrara's] crowning achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Ferrara allows his star to dictate the pace, and is rewarded with a performance of extraordinary, terrifying honesty.
Emanuel Levy
July 17, 2005
Scabrously powerful, the film, arguably Ferrara's best, dives into the addictive psyche, splendidly played by Harvey Keitel.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 22, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 31, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
When Abel Ferrara calls something bad, better believe it: he means business.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
January 12, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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