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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Entertainment Weekly

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

By Joe Neumaier
The film is an exasperating bore.
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Werner Herzog is a sick freak.

By spamtrap
But I mean that in a good way. I've only seen two other films of his, "Grizzly Man" and "Encounters at the End of the World", which were documentaries. After viewing the fictitious "Bad Lieutenant:...

Wild Ride

By xtendqi
A combination of the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarentino!...

A Very Entertaining Movie

By Vidal_Benbasat
This film is a bold "say it how it is" type of film. The movie was highly entertaining is uniquely crisp. Some scenes went to far in terms of creativity, but it managed to keep me glued and...

This is one baaaad cop

By entropicangel42
Nicholas Cage actually takes this bad ball and runs with it....

bad lieutenant

By rabenbru
i dont know if nicolas cage is acting or being himself but he is great as a tortured, conflicted cop. eva mendes is hot as the hooker with the heart of gold. the writer, billy finklestein is great in...

Cage: Kinski's copycat

By claudia59
Good direction; the best of Cage's acting I've seen, and a great prtrayal of an addict - The script is mediocre - An interesting but pittiful detail is that in this film Cage copy-cats Klaus Kinski's...

Dont waste your money

By danldad
We're Cage fans, but almost walked out of the theatre a few times. The drug storyline is way overdone, plot jumping all over the place, terrible acting except for Cage, and felt sorry for Eva Mendez...


By technigogo
I wish I had the 35 minutes of my life back that I spent in this movie. We walked out during the 5 minute long iguana scene. This movie just plain stinks. Save yourself and see *anything* else!...

Five Word Review

By Chery
Trash that didn't make sense....

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No Bad Lieutenant Just Bad...

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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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