• Released
  • November 20, 2009
  • R , 2 hr 1 min
  • Drama
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Synopsis
A drug-abusing cop (Nicolas Cage) probes the slayings of five illegal immigrants from Senegal.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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....
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Bad Lieutenant doesn't go where you expect, but it has a stubborn, trippy logic.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Frankly, the story isn’t remotely as interesting as Cage. Nothing is. In Ferrara’s movie, Keitel emptied himself out. But there’s a...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The sparkle is what's been missing in the star's (Cage) recent performances. What's not to love in a movie that transmutes Terence's moral...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
It's that constant weirdness, coupled with Nicolas Cage's best performance in pretty much forever, that makes this depraved, sexually...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A one-of-a-kind experience that boasts a twice-in-a-lifetime performance from Nicolas Cage. The actor has not gone this deep into the abyss...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's a maniacal performance, complete with mad gales of laughter and insane bouts of temper. Cage doesn't go over the top, but he teeters...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
There is a lot of very black humor; and it develops, somewhat surprisingly, into something suggesting a kind of cheerful pessimism.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Any resemblance between this Bad Lieutenant and the 1992 Abel Ferrara landmark is purely in the head of the dude who thought up the title.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The film is an exasperating bore.
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Rated R | For Language Throughout, Drug Use, Sexuality and Some Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Extreme "bad cop" depravity is definitely family-unfriendly.
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