Bad Lieutenant (1992) Synopsis
A profane N.Y. detective (Harvey Keitel) wallows in drugs, booze, sex.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Not only more crazy than “Reservoir Dogs,'' but it also feels more real. [1 Jan 1993, Daily Notebook, p.D1]
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is not a "dirty movie," and in fact takes spirituality and morality more seriously than most films do. And in the bad lieutenant, Keitel...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

For all its scenes of degradation (five minutes of which have been shorn for an R-rated cut; we recommend the original NC-17 version), Bad...
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80

Empire

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Abel Ferrara out-sleazes even his own grubby oeuvre with this powerful if overbearing study of a soul swallowed by depravity.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
What it lacks in charm, it compensates for with audacity and single-mindedness of vision.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
For Keitel, this is the Scorsese film that Scorsese never gave him, in which he gets to elbow Robert De Niro away from center stage and...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Pick your cliche - searing, rivetting, haunting - Keitel delivers a performance to rival Brando's in "Last Tango In Paris."
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70

TV Guide

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Harvey Keitel gives an astonishing performance here... Though hardly a film for all sensibilities, Bad Lieutenant has the courage of its...
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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...
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's the first film to include both a cameo appearance by Jesus and a full-frontal nude shot of Harvey Keitel dancing in a drugged stupor....
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Rated R