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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Reviews

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September 11, 2017
Gritty, raw, and kooky at times, Bad Lieutenant is one of those movies that you can't really look away, even though you may want to for certain scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 17, 2014
Herzog wades deep into the swampy funk of New Orleans, which in this post-Katrina setting might as well be an end-of-the-world movie. He's clearly turned on by [its] weirdness, the casual corruption, the gangsterism and the Southern Gothic outrageousnes.
June 22, 2013
This movie has no focus, no point of view and nothing to say. Is this a sendup? Is this an actual thriller? Is this just a look into the soul of a drug addict? I have no idea, and I don't think Werner Herzog knows either.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 14, 2013
Sometimes a scene is a set up for a future plot twist, and sometimes Werner Herzog just wants to film some alligators. Who knows what'll happen? It's like filling your underpants with salamanders.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
July 26, 2011
If Herzog had chosen realism over surrealism, this film would have been predictable and unentertaining. As it is, I found it oddly captivating. This is one weird movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 4, 2011
[Cage is] hilarious, scary, contorted, mournful, mean and weirdly, monstrously lovable -- the perfect actor to work with one of the world's most stubborn, bold, idiosyncratic filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 4, 2011
Violent and uneven.
February 22, 2011
Nicolas Cage's deliriously unhinged portrayal of the film's titular bent cop ranks right up there with his most memorably off-kilter performances.
February 2, 2011
Is redemption possible for this bad lieutenant? At one point, he orders that a dead man be shot again because "his soul is still dancing." If you find God in that line, then welcome to your movie heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 30, 2010
Despite the snake slither-swimming through the bars of a flooded cellblock, the injured alligator and the iguanas that seem to be crooning Johnny Adams' 'Release Me,' star Nicolas Cage may be the most reptilian presence here...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2010
Perhaps it took a director as crazy as Werner Herzog to control (and ultimately unleash) the madness that exists within Cage ... they craft a character not unlike a modern day Daniel Plainview.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2010
Bad Lieutenant, Bad!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2010
There's a dark, dark humour throughout that keeps the film from plunging into over-the-top farce. In the end, BLT is a rambunctious, ridiculous feat of cinematic excess.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 12, 2010
Any reservations that this is a straight forward remake of Abel Ferrara's hardcore Catholic redemption drama should be left on the wayside, for this Bad Lieutenant is a different monster all together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 4, 2010
Cage's Lieutenant McDonagh is a parody of not just the actor's own performances in recent years, but a gaudy exaggeration of every bad-cop cliché out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
May 28, 2010
This will be remembered as one of Cage's finest performances. Maybe he has just needed the right director and in eccentric German genius Werner Herzog he's found him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 27, 2010
I'd rather rot in a New Orleans jail than watch it again. And yet its epiphanies are outrageously sharp, it is beautifully shot by cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger and the ending is a joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 27, 2010
Becomes bizarrely comical as it gets increasingly depraved. But Herzog's deliberately bonkers approach, matched by Cage's hammy performance, is strangely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 24, 2010
Herzog has found a perfect partner in crime with Nicolas Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2010
For me, Ferrara and Keitel will always be the bad lieutenant, but Werner Herzog is probably the only director qualified to take this on, and his bizarre reboot has a fascination all of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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