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Bad Lieutenant Reviews

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
April 9, 2008
Members of the gutter-al elite will be the sole survivors.
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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
Variety
April 9, 2008
Abel Ferrara's uncompromising Bad Lieutenant is a harrowing journey with a corrupt N.Y. cop sinking into the lower depths.
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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.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
When Abel Ferrara calls something bad, better believe it: he means business.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This punishing film from director Abel Ferrara is something else altogether -- an illuminating, excoriating descent into the cesspool of sin, self-loathing and defilement. This is not an easy film to watch.
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 20, 1992
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4