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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. [20 Nov 1992, Life, p.4D] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 has given us one of the great screen performances in recent years. show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    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 take the best part for himself. He seizes the opportunity: Bad Lieutenant immediately becomes one of the defining roles of his career. [22 Jan 1993, Friday, p.C] show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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 grotesquely distasteful character studies. Ferrara is definitely no Martin Scorsese. show more

  • 80

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

  • 70
    TV Guide

    Harvey Keitel gives an astonishing performance here... Though hardly a film for all sensibilities, Bad Lieutenant has the courage of its own convictions, and follows them to the bitter end. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    What it lacks in charm, it compensates for with audacity and single-mindedness of vision. show more

  • 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 Lieutenant is a deeply moral movie. It's not pretty-it's not even very realistic-but it does matter. show more

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