The Departed Reviews

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Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
February 11, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 11, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 11, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 11, 2014

[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 | Original Score: A
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
February 11, 2014

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Leslie Felperin
Radio Times
February 11, 2014

It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 24, 2013

Sub-par gangster fodder.

Total Film
February 24, 2013

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
February 24, 2013

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

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
February 24, 2013

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

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 19, 2009

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 | Original Score: 59/100
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009

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

S. James Wegg
July 23, 2009

Much splat, little art

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 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 | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Film School Rejects
October 18, 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 | Original Score: A
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 18, 2008

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.

Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008

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 | Original Score: 9/10
Neil Smith
February 20, 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.

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