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Bad Lieutenant Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 24, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 14, 2002
The only truth about this film was the sleaze.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
July 29, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
June 22, 2005
Slightly disturbing, slightly more boring.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Michael Dequina
December 29, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
April 9, 2008
Members of the gutter-al elite will be the sole survivors.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Keitel's performance could peel the plastic off your television.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 5, 2006
[Ferrara's] crowning achievement.
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.
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
One of the few truly challenging and morally complex movies about salvation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
July 27, 2007
The highlight of Ferrara's career--sublime.
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
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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.
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
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