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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Reviews

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April 9, 2020
...part of the fun that Herzog seems to be having with Bad Lieutenant is calling into question "good" versus "evil" and where those lines cross and where they crumble.
November 6, 2019
Manic, maddening, mesmerizing. One of the best films of the year. BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS. It's good to be bad.
October 24, 2019
[A]n unforgettable and exhilarating experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 5, 2019
A work of mad genius, a deliriously entertaining journey into the darkness of the human soul that ends up, surprisingly, being one of the most hugely enjoyable films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2019
Did Nicolas Cage actually do crack for this movie? This movie makes no coherent sense, a jumble of crazy scenes...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 13, 2019
[A better grade] strictly on the merit of Nic Cage going so crazy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2018
his movie isn't perfect.... Yet Mr. Herzog and writer William M. Finkelstein have crafted an extremely entertaining film, a genre piece that at times looks made for the art house.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2018
The loony shenanigans are such an enjoyable riot that it doesn't matter that the narrative is a confused mess. Just watch out for the gators on the road.
August 30, 2018
Bad Lieutenant invites us along for the ride, and even says 'welcome aboard' and asks: how might we entertain you today? This is Herzog and it's fun, and you don't get many of those for the pound. Get it while you can.
September 11, 2017
Gritty, raw, and kooky at times, Bad Lieutenant is one of those movies that you can't really look away, even though you may want to for certain scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 17, 2014
Herzog wades deep into the swampy funk of New Orleans, which in this post-Katrina setting might as well be an end-of-the-world movie. He's clearly turned on by [its] weirdness, the casual corruption, the gangsterism and the Southern Gothic outrageousnes.
June 22, 2013
This movie has no focus, no point of view and nothing to say. Is this a sendup? Is this an actual thriller? Is this just a look into the soul of a drug addict? I have no idea, and I don't think Werner Herzog knows either.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 14, 2013
Sometimes a scene is a set up for a future plot twist, and sometimes Werner Herzog just wants to film some alligators. Who knows what'll happen? It's like filling your underpants with salamanders.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
July 26, 2011
If Herzog had chosen realism over surrealism, this film would have been predictable and unentertaining. As it is, I found it oddly captivating. This is one weird movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 4, 2011
[Cage is] hilarious, scary, contorted, mournful, mean and weirdly, monstrously lovable -- the perfect actor to work with one of the world's most stubborn, bold, idiosyncratic filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 4, 2011
Violent and uneven.
February 22, 2011
Nicolas Cage's deliriously unhinged portrayal of the film's titular bent cop ranks right up there with his most memorably off-kilter performances.
February 2, 2011
Is redemption possible for this bad lieutenant? At one point, he orders that a dead man be shot again because "his soul is still dancing." If you find God in that line, then welcome to your movie heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 30, 2010
Despite the snake slither-swimming through the bars of a flooded cellblock, the injured alligator and the iguanas that seem to be crooning Johnny Adams' 'Release Me,' star Nicolas Cage may be the most reptilian presence here...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2010
Perhaps it took a director as crazy as Werner Herzog to control (and ultimately unleash) the madness that exists within Cage ... they craft a character not unlike a modern day Daniel Plainview.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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