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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Reviews

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Will Leitch
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+
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
Centered on a detective on the wrong side of the law, the film is manic its execution of plot, performance and photography.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 30, 2009
Cage, who usually goes gonzo with gusto, underplays this monster. That spoils the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
November 18, 2009
It's perhaps 2/3 of a good movie and 1/3 of material that feels out of place or is derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Lippe
November 25, 2009
The movie could have ended without the last few scenes and been far more tense and suspenseful. As it stands now, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans plays as if Schindler's List ended with an energetic musical performance by The Muppets.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
November 20, 2009
(The film) has a hard time settling on such simple things as characters' motivations, needs and accents (Cage's changes inexplicably midway through).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jenna Busch
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
November 20, 2009
I'm pretty sure this would have made total sense if I was on some of the drugs that McDonagh was taking
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 20, 2009
The film is an exasperating bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
November 20, 2009
This time, it's not Nicolas Cage's fault: Werner Herzog has lost his mind.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 20, 2009
There can only ever be one Bad Lieutenant: Harvey Keitel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
October 27, 2009
Just as ridiculous as the title implies, this ill-conceived sequel to Abel Ferrara's masterpiece ("Bad Lieutenant" - 1992) picks up some grains of muscular grit under the unlikely Werner Herzog's guidance, but flails every step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Christopher Null
November 19, 2009
drags harder than when Herzog tried to pull that boat over a mountain
| Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 20, 2010
As a police procedural, it's a generally dull affair. As an exercise in silliness, it elicits a fair few laughs. But whether the joke's on Herzog or on us is anybody's guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 1, 2009
Do fish have dreams? Do they dream of ominous iguanas, perhaps? Or maybe the disembodied breakdancing souls of freshly capped gangsters? More to the point, will Nicolas Cage ever make another movie that makes sense?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
May 20, 2010
Herzog has unique flair, but it's out of synch with the genre. As for Cage, he is a flailing madman and the only polite thing to do is look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
September 28, 2010
Bad Lieutenant, Bad!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Armond White
New York Press
November 19, 2009
Cage's receding hairline and hunchback performance evokes Conrad Veidt -- a Klaus Kinski-like maniac -- because this is, in fact, a German Expressionist horror film and comedy.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
November 20, 2009
Cage acts, at times, as though his head is about to explode. And not the character's head; it's Cage himself who seems in danger of self-immolation.
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+
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
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 15, 2011
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Dennis Harvey
February 23, 2012
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New York Times
November 23, 2011
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