Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Harvey Keitel plays a corrupt, drug-using, gambling-addicted police detective trying to change his ways while investigating a young nun's rape in this 1992 crime thriller.

1992Rating: R18, Violence & offensive language91 minsUSA
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Bad Lieutenant (1992) / Reviews

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Harvey Keitel plays this man with such uncompromised honesty that the performance can only be called courageous; not many actors would want to be seen in this light.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

This punishing film from director Abel Ferrara is something else altogether -- an illuminating, excoriating descent into the cesspool of sin, self-loathing and defilement. This is not an easy film to watch.

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Variety

Variety

His risk-taking here ups what stars can dare on screen, much the way Brando pushed the envelope 20 years ago in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Last Tango in Paris.”

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TV Guide

TV Guide

arvey Keitel gives an astonishing performance here, playing a tortured soul who simultaneously revels in self-loathing and yearns for absolution.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

It is boldly NC-17, but unlike most exploitation cinema, Ferrara can’t seem to help himself from making the film a personal, frightened psychic diary, a pitiful shriek for help, and a powerful statement about how even the damned can achieve a moment of fleeting grace.

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