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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 19, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 20, 2010
In fusing European experimentalism and Hollywood boldness, Herzog has created a genuine oddity, a furious and unforgettable hybrid which may well prove to be 2010's most purely enjoyable moviegoing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 18, 2009
Nicolas Cage is out of his mind in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans. And it's wonderful to see.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 29, 2009
Nicolas Cage is so gleefully over-the-top as the troubled cop of the title that you will either be repulsed or fascinated by his performance and, since it lives or dies by it, the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 25, 2009
Like the late Klaus Kinski, who so often played crazies in Herzog's earlier movies, Cage is in your face all the way. Laughing maniacally, lying with no sign of a conscience, he pushes the character's frequent tantrums beyond over-the-top.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2009
Frankly, the story isn't remotely as interesting as Cage. Nothing is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 24, 2009
A one-of-a-kind experience that boasts a twice-in-a-lifetime performance from Nicolas Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 24, 2009
Despite his strangely receding hairline, bug-eyed demeanor and hunchback stance, Cage somehow avoids making this police lieutenant a caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 23, 2009
Herzog, who seems to be drawing on the audience's affection for him as an inspired madman, may not care to tell a story straight anymore.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 20, 2009
Like the water snake that slithers by during the opening credits or the baby crocodile from whose point of view we observe one roadside scene, this movie is a freaky little swamp thing.
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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
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 20, 2009
Making a bad movie this good is harder than it looks.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 20, 2009
Add director Werner Herzog to the mix, a guy who knows a thing or a hundred about obsessive protagonists, and we're in for quite the ride -- wild and weird and blackly comic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 20, 2009
The pairing of Nicolas Cage, one of the world's most out-there actors, with Werner Herzog, cinema's reigning madman-visionary, is a match made in looney-tunes heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 20, 2009
If the new film commits the sin of entertainment, it's redeemed by a sense of life's contradictions and distinguished by surreal flourishes that include a pair of iguanas, slithery witnesses to Terence's mania.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 20, 2009
It's Cage's best work in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 20, 2009
Like a jumpy, coke-fueled Pied Piper, Cage takes viewers to the very precipice of depraved self-abasement, while preserving just enough self-conscious humor to keep from tumbling in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 19, 2009
There's a valuable lesson to be learned from Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: Two wrongs don't make a right -- it takes at least three.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2009
It's a rare and precious thing when a filmmaker gets funding for a script that features a coked-out, OxyContined-out, sleep-deprived Cage with a .44 Magnum in his waistband, spewing lines like "Shoot him again ... his soul is still dancing."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 19, 2009
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans -- why Port of Call? what does that mean? -- is no masterpiece, but it is undoubtedly the work of a master.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2009
Cold-blooded reptiles are lurking everywhere in the slick new noir Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, with snakes, iguanas, gators and especially Nicolas Cage at their slithering and cynical best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 19, 2009
Even when the movie is not working, it's never less than eye-catching. It's also a perfect setting for Cage's curiously compelling art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
November 19, 2009
A perfect, perfect prank.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 19, 2009
It's not always easy to sort out the legitimately inspired touches from the merely campy ones, but the film has a deranged, go-for-broke spirit that makes such distinctions irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 19, 2009
Herzog has found his ideal interpreter, a performer whose truth lies deep in the artifice of performance: ladies and gentlemen, Nicolas Cage, at his finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2009
No one is better at this kind of performance than Nicolas Cage. He's a fearless actor. He doesn't care if you think he goes over the top. If a film calls for it, he will crawl to the top hand over hand with bleeding fingernails.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 18, 2009
Cage dives headlong into the madness. It's plain fun to see the actor give himself so fully to a character after several years of mostly forgettable action movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 18, 2009
Bad Lieutenant doesn't go where you expect, but it has a stubborn, trippy logic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
Instead of plumbing the depths of spiritual degradation, Herzog's movie is -- largely due to Cage's performance -- almost fun.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 16, 2009
If there's a sure thing in movies, it's that if you cast Nicolas Cage in a role in which he goes crazy, he'll rise to the occasion and keep on rising until he seems even loonier than his character.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2009
Original, offbeat and rewarding cop story with Nicolas Cage in great form.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 3, 2009
The film is offbeat, silly, disarming and loopy all at the same time, and viewers will decide to ride with that or just give up on it, according to mood and disposition.