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7.6
/10
3,517 Ratings

Bad Lieutenant

Directed by Abel Ferrara
United States, 1992
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

The Lieutenant is a corrupt, exploitative and drug-addicted cop steeped in gambling debt. The mob gives him an ultimatum: pay off his debt or get killed. When he learns that a hefty reward is being offered to whoever catches a pair of thugs who raped a nun, he jumps at the opportunity.

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Bad Lieutenant Directed by Abel Ferrara

Critics reviews

Ferrara’s tale of sin and redemption has a raw, unvarnished power that’s embodied by Keitel’s performance, and the years have preserved it as an equally potent street-level look at a city.
July 29, 2009
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Far from those films that are content to illustrate an explicit situation with more or less original incidents, Bad Lieutenant works upon the slow translation of an affect of agony within the form of an image-story. This is why the film is significant: it considers the image not only as a plastic entity but above all as a spiritual exercise.
December 20, 2006
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[Ferrara] has come up with his own brand of supersleaze, in a film that would seem outrageously, unforgivably lurid if it were not also somehow perfectly sincere.
November 20, 1992
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