Bad Lieutenant Reviews

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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Ferrara allows his star to dictate the pace, and is rewarded with a performance of extraordinary, terrifying honesty.
May 20, 2003
When Abel Ferrara calls something bad, better believe it: he means business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 20, 1992