The Departed Reviews

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
January 25, 2015
The Departed is an example of a cinematic master seeking to live up to the veneration with which he is regarded by his pupils.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 25, 2015
The dialogue crackles wittily and obscenely, and the set-pieces are superbly staged.
Top Critic
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
January 25, 2015
Not only is The Departed not among the best of Scorsese's films; it's not even the best version of this film.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
January 25, 2015
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
January 25, 2015
As in his remake of Cape Fear, Scorsese has mucked up a B-movie he professes to love: producing something full of twists but devoid of that lovely, fluttery, rare thing: surprise.
Glen Schaefer
Vancouver Province
January 25, 2015
Smart, tough talk, and lots of it, drives The Departed.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
January 25, 2015
It's a convoluted, rich plot that goes back decades, but The Departed is so sure-footed it all makes sense.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
January 25, 2015
There's a lot of tough talk from tough men in this testosterone-fueled thriller, as the thin blue line disintegrates amid gritty give-and-take in William Monahan's excellent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
January 25, 2015
Plausible psychological scrutiny loses out to shot after shot of brains being splattered. And boy, do you get a lot of brains for your buck. It's just a shame they're all on the walls and not in the script.
Jonathan Romney
Independent
January 25, 2015
Scorsese marks the territory as his own from the get-go, with the Stones on the soundtrack and Nicholson striding in as this panto's Demon King: a sneering, murderous farceur who rules Boston on both sides of the law.
Kerry Bashford
MovieFIX
January 25, 2015
The Departed is a near-perfect synthesis of cinematic genius and commercial appeal, quite possibly the most accomplished and accessible film from one of the greatest living directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
January 25, 2015
This crime thriller is a profane, blood-drenched joy to watch.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
January 25, 2015
Scorsese may not wish to be known only as a crime dramatist, but when it's something nobody else has ever done as well, why complain?
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ray Pride
Movie City News
January 25, 2015
Screenwriter William Monahan's taut, terse script, minimizes explanations of the many characters' backstory and conflicts, yet his brilliant dialogue crackles with savvy.
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
January 25, 2015
Bloody, brutal and brilliant -- DiCaprio and Nicholson shine in the crime movie of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 25, 2015
The shocking violence is well-placed. The action scenes are always comprehensible -- no jump cut cheats here -- and the suspense will make you fidget in your seat. What a corker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
January 25, 2015
The best of its kind since Michael Mann's Heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 23, 2015
This is rich and satisfying stuff with Scorsese rediscovering his masterful skill at delivering a narrative which crackles with acid dialogue delivered by a gifted cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
January 23, 2015
The Departed has the sense of a 14-hour movie carved down to a fraction.
Matt Holmes
What Culture
January 23, 2015
Every scene has it's purpose, every shot is meticulously used.
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