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Bad Lieutenant Reviews

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January 1, 2000
As good as the lead actor is, he's not enough to save this picture from landing on the scrap-heap of uninspired, derivative, and grotesquely distasteful character studies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 14, 2002
The only truth about this film was the sleaze.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 1, 2000
It doesn't take five minutes for us to understand the depth of his immorality. But the movie proceeds to outline his badness.
July 29, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
November 12, 2017
This is bull of a very high order.
June 22, 2005
Slightly disturbing, slightly more boring.
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Bad Lieutenant is surface stuff all the way, with Kietel's no-holds-barred performance being the only element of worth. It is quite an acting turn but hardly enough to save the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 29, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
April 9, 2008
Members of the gutter-al elite will be the sole survivors.
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Harvey Keitel plays this man with such uncompromised honesty that the performance can only be called courageous; not many actors would want to be seen in this light.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 25, 2002
Keitel's performance could peel the plastic off your television.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
May 5, 2006
[Ferrara's] crowning achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 9, 2008
Abel Ferrara's uncompromising Bad Lieutenant is a harrowing journey with a corrupt N.Y. cop sinking into the lower depths.
January 1, 2000
One of the few truly challenging and morally complex movies about salvation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 27, 2007
The highlight of Ferrara's career--sublime.
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
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.
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