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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Reviews

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Steve Dollar
Stop Smiling
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.
Vincent Mancini
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+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 19, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
Dave White
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
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Simon Miraudo
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
Jason Gorber
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+
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
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
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
May 24, 2010
Herzog has found a perfect partner in crime with Nicolas Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
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
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
May 20, 2010
This thriller is among the cleverest, most innovative films of the year. It proves that even a mediocre, B-movie script can be made memorable by a strong director and brave leading actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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