Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Salute to Bad Cops Movie #5

Synopsis: Junkie cop learns it’s a bad idea to bet against the hometown team.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “HARVEY KEITEL (‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Sister Act’, ‘Bugsy’, ‘Thelma and Louise’) gives the most searing performance of his celebrated career in director ABEL FERRARA’s critically acclaimed film of a dangerously out-of-control cop succumbing to his personal demons as he investigates a brutal crime.”

What Did I Learn?: 1) I really didn’t need to see a shot of Harvey Keitel’s junk. 2) If you already owe your bookie $60K and he’s threatening to kill you, it might be a bad idea to go double-or-nothing.

Really?: Does Keitel’s character ever do any paperwork, attend meetings at the precinct headquarters, or attempt to solve any criminal cases? It seems as though he spends all of his time doing drugs, making foolhardy wagers and getting angry at the Mets.

Rating: While I like Harvey Keitel as an actor, and he definitely delivers a magnificent performance, Bad Lieutenant is sleazy, pointless and depressing. I cannot recommend this movie.  5/10 stars.


  1. 5/10 but you can't recommend it? These stars are making me thirsty!

  2. Since when is five out of ten a good review? Bad Lieutenant isn't a good movie, but Harvey Keitel gives a great performance, so I think it deserves more than three or four stars.



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