Bad Lieutenant
Bad Lieutenant (1992)

If police lieutenant Harvey Keitel's life could get any more sordid, he could probably sell tickets. The least of his vices is gambling, which has gotten him in Dutch with the mob. He abuses his body with drugs and his soul with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 1992
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Members of the gutter-al elite will be the sole survivors.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There's an undeniable formal elegance in the way Ferrara, who coauthored the script with Zoe Lund, frames and holds certain shots, and Keitel certainly gives his all.

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Cole Smithey

Alongside "Reservoir Dogs" Able Ferrara's 1992 tour-de-force crime drama provides the epic showcase for Harvey Keitel's impressive acting abilities.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Bad Lieutenant is finally a pulp parable of sin, addiction, and redemption, a movie that, like its subversive hero, revels in the pleasure -- and danger -- of going too far.

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Time Out

Ferrara allows his star to dictate the pace, and is rewarded with a performance of extraordinary, terrifying honesty.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

The combination of Keitel, New York City, and the Catholic Church reminds of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets. Yet Bad Lieutenant is much more disturbing and in your face, and successfully portrays the destruction of the soul.

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Lawrence Cohn

Abel Ferrara's uncompromising Bad Lieutenant is a harrowing journey with a corrupt N.Y. cop sinking into the lower depths.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

When Abel Ferrara calls something bad, better believe it: he means business.

Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Ferrara was in the right place at the right time to make Bad Lieutenant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Bad Lieutenant is an intense drama directed by Abel Ferara and starring Harvey Keitel in an intense performance that is one of his darkest roles of his career.… More
Daniel Mumby
Since attracting the wrath of the BBFC with his debut feature Driller Killer, Abel Ferrara has carved out a niche as one of the most difficult and… More
Chris Weber
It took me years to finally see this, and, I think that might be a problem. Had I seen this when I was in high school, I would probably had loved it. Since… More
Dean King
An intense crime drama as a NY cop sinks into increasing levels of despair. This has a great performance from Keitel and the whole films seem a character study… More
Melvin White
The Lieutenant: I'm sorry, Lord. I've done so many bad things.  "Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop." Before finally seeing Abel… More
Randy Tippy
Harvey Keitel is the epitome of addiction and immoral turpitude in this gloriously dark rendering of a NYC policeman spiraling into the abyss.