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The Departed (2006)


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 237
Fresh: 218 | Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast that includes Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality that has infused director Martin Scorsese's past triumphs.

Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 52
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast that includes Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality that has infused director Martin Scorsese's past triumphs.


Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 727,700


Movie Info

Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further. Billy Costigan (Leonardo … More

R (for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
William Monahan , Siu Fai Mak , Felix Chong
In Theaters:
Feb 13, 2007
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Departed

All Critics (237) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (218) | Rotten (19) | DVD (34)

[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama.

Full Review… | February 24, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

What makes this a Scorsese film, and not merely a retread, is the director's use of actors, locations and energy, and its buried theme. I am fond of saying that a movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

You'll have to go back to GoodFellas to find a Marty movie this fun, this enamored of language, of ethnic slurs, of "Gimme Shelter," of explosive violence. Scorsese's return to form is the year's most dynamic film. Really, how could it not be?

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

The Departed has enough tension to keep you engrossed, and enough color for ten crime pictures. Scorsese obviously adores his expensive, expansive ensemble.

Full Review… | January 6, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Is Scorsese desperate? This screenplay has the scent of it, as if he is scraping for material to feed his basic filmic interests.

Full Review… | October 26, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

[A] glorious mess of a movie.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Rude, profane, clever, hilarious, engrossing, crowd-pleasing, ridiculously entertaining.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Toledo Blade

As cop thrillers go, this is the best in quite a while.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

I think GoodFellas leaves this for dead, absolutely for dead.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

[The Departed] showcases Scorsese's trademark themes of sin, betrayal and redemption. It's a carefully calibrated and detailed film that takes its time establishing the characters' complex histories.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The Departed is not for the faint of heart. But scaredy-cats are going to miss a tremendously satisfying film, one that will have you leaving the theater saying, "Now, that was a movie."

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
People Magazine

It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Radio Times

Sub-par gangster fodder.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Cinema Crazed

This is Scorsese's Serpico, his French Connection, his Heat, and he brings the same eye for anthropological detail to the boys in blue as he does to his beloved wiseguys.

Full Review… | February 24, 2013
Total Film

An expertly-crafted genre thriller which stands a chance at becoming one of his biggest box office hits yet.

Full Review… | February 24, 2013
Screen International

Urban film making at its best, The Departed is a brutally violent, beautifully crafted, and incredibly well acted piece of film making that will leave you reeling.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

The film is superbly shot, and the rapid-fire editing and shaky camera fit the constant flux that the main characters find themselves in time and again.

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
Film and Felt

You must understand farce before you can understand tragedy, and Scorsese understands both

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Much splat, little art

Full Review… | July 23, 2009

Scorsese isn't about plots; he's about people, places, and times, and until he departs from that, this film is a return to genius.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

One of the year's very best and most exciting films.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

Great acting aside, this film's greatest accomplishment comes from its director, whose style is remarkable and whose vision is always innovative.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Film School Rejects

Scorsese has made an incredible cover version of the original, imbued with every ounce of his artistic personality transforming it into something both familiar and new.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Beyond Hollywood

The Departed heralds Martin Scorsese's return to the top of his game and simultaneously secures for the film a place in the pantheon of the very best of American crime cinema. Welcome back to Scorsese's mean streets.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

The story rattles along at such a lick there's little time to ponder the plot holes -- no mean feat in a film of this length and with so many fine actors competing for our attention.

Full Review… | February 20, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Departed

This was a great movie from beginning tp the final minutes and than i felt rushed. Very rushed, Im not sure why but the final 30 minutes or so just were overdone. But in the end still a great movie.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This is just too awesome.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

There are lots of things I didn't like about this movie, namely the entire cat-and-mouse plotline. How could neither Billy Costigan nor Collin Sullivan nor anyone else not figure out that those two are the double agents? It seemed pretty common knowledge that Collin grew up under the wing of Frank Costello and that bad shit keeps happening after Billy joins Costello's mob. Is Costello really that trustworthy and critical a thinker to believe correlation doesn't equal causation? The alliterative names are also confusing.

I'm not a fan of early-aughts Marty or Leo, but Leo isn't bad in this role. Matt Damon's face and voice are too boring to play a villain, Martin Sheen's character is pretty thankless and dies easily, and Marky Mark's character is just a dick for the sake of being a dick - hardly enough meat to develop an Oscar-worthy performance. The only female character is just there to form a slapdash love triangle, and the script doesn't even write her as a realistic psychologist.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

The Departed Quotes

Frank Costello: I got this rat. This gnawing, teething rat.
– Submitted by Miles F (3 months ago)
Frank Costello: When I was your age, they would say you could become cops or criminals; today what I'm saying to you is this: When facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?
– Submitted by Alex S (6 months ago)
Sergeant Dignam: Yeah, shoot a cop Eitstein! Watch what happens! Billy Costigan: What would happen is that this bullet would go right through your fucking head!
– Submitted by Hunter E (13 months ago)
Captain Queenan: Do you want to be a cop or only look like a cop?
– Submitted by Jean R (17 months ago)
Mr. French: I'm the guy who tells you there are guys you can hit, and there are guys you can't. Now that's not quite a guy you can't hit, but it's almost a guy you can't hit, so I'm fucking ruling on it right now that you don't hit him, understand?
– Submitted by Kia M (18 months ago)
Frank Costello: *Sniff* *Sniff*...I smell a rat.
– Submitted by Alex A (20 months ago)

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