4.0

69

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    No one is better at this kind of performance than Nicolas Cage. He's a fearless actor. He doesn't care if you think he goes over the top. If a film calls for it, he will crawl to the top hand over hand with bleeding fingernails.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    Bad Lieutenant doesn't go where you expect, but it has a stubborn, trippy logic.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    The sparkle is what's been missing in the star's (Cage) recent performances. What's not to love in a movie that transmutes Terence's moral squalor, and the squalid state of post-Katrina New Orleans, into darkly comic gold?

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    It's a maniacal performance, complete with mad gales of laughter and insane bouts of temper. Cage doesn't go over the top, but he teeters darn close.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterRay Bennett

    There is a lot of very black humor; and it develops, somewhat surprisingly, into something suggesting a kind of cheerful pessimism.

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