Rude, profane, clever, hilarious, engrossing, crowd-pleasing, ridiculously entertaining.
| Original Score: 5/5
As cop thrillers go, this is the best in quite a while.
| Original Score: 4/4
I think GoodFellas leaves this for dead, absolutely for dead.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[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.
| Original Score: A
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."
It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sub-par gangster fodder.
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.
An expertly-crafted genre thriller which stands a chance at becoming one of his biggest box office hits yet.
[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama.
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 59/100
You must understand farce before you can understand tragedy, and Scorsese understands both
Much splat, little art
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
One of the year's very best and most exciting films.
Great acting aside, this film's greatest accomplishment comes from its director, whose style is remarkable and whose vision is always innovative.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 9/10
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.