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The Departed (2006)



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

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

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

Feb 13, 2007


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

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

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (5)
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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?

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The Departed has enough tension to keep you engrossed, and enough color for ten crime pictures. Scorsese obviously adores his expensive, expansive ensemble.

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Is Scorsese desperate? This screenplay has the scent of it, as if he is scraping for material to feed his basic filmic interests.

October 26, 2006 Full Review Source: The New Republic | Comments (29)
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[A] glorious mess of a movie.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Rude, profane, clever, hilarious, engrossing, crowd-pleasing, ridiculously entertaining.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

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

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

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

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
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.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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."

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Sub-par gangster fodder.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Comment (1)
Film and Felt

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

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Much splat, little art

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR | Comments (32)

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.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

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

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Beyond Hollywood
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.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

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.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

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This is just too awesome.
July 28, 2014
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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.
February 17, 2014

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    1. Frank Costello: I got this rat. This gnawing, teething rat.
    – Submitted by Miles F (3 months ago)
    1. 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 (5 months ago)
    1. Sergeant Dignam: Yeah, shoot a cop Eitstein! Watch what happens!
    2. Billy Costigan: What would happen is that this bullet would go right through your fucking head!
    – Submitted by Hunter E (13 months ago)
    1. Captain Queenan: Do you want to be a cop or only look like a cop?
    – Submitted by Jean R (16 months ago)
    1. 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)
    1. Frank Costello: *Sniff* *Sniff*...I smell a rat.
    – Submitted by Alex A (19 months ago)
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