The Departed (2006)

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Critic 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.


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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

Rating: R (for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Siu Fai Mak, Felix Chong, William Monahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2007
Box Office: $132.3M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Billy Costigan

as Colin Sullivan

as Frank Costello

as Queenan

as Mr. French

as Madolyn

as Ellerby

as Cousin Sean

as Barrigan

as Timothy Delahunt

as FBI Agent Frank Lazi...

as Realtor

as Billy's Aunt

as Mrs. Kennefick

as Pakistani Proprietor

as Providence Gangster ...

as Providence Gangster ...

as Kneecapped Bankrobbe...

as Detective No.1 Taili...

as Translator

as Detective No. 1-Coli...

as Detective No. 2-Coli...

as Man Glassed in Bar

as Older Priest

as Younger Priest

as Police Camera Tech

as Police Cell Phone Te...

as Darlene the Secretar...

as Man Killed by French

as Young Colin

as Woman at Opera

as Bookie Harassed by F...

as Jimmy Bags

as Sister Mary Theresa

as Queenan's Secretary

as Other Prisoner

as Chinese Government M...

as Priest with Young Co...

as Billy Costigan Sr.

as Young Billy

as Billy's Mother

as Jimmy Pappas
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Critic Reviews for The Departed

All Critics (262) | Top Critics (55)

Not only is The Departed not among the best of Scorsese's films; it's not even the best version of this film.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

This crime thriller is a profane, blood-drenched joy to watch.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
NPR
Top Critic

It's one of the year's best pictures. It's also one of Martin Scorsese's best. And when you think of some other films he's made, that's saying something.

Full Review… | January 23, 2015
Good Morning America
Top Critic

The Departed is an example of a cinematic master seeking to live up to the veneration with which he is regarded by his pupils.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
Daily Telegraph

The dialogue crackles wittily and obscenely, and the set-pieces are superbly staged.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
Observer [UK]

This has its moments - what Scorsese film does not? -- but over a two-and-a-half-hour stretch it huffs and puffs and still doesn't blow the house down.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
Independent

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.

jmanard52
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.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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