The Departed Reviews

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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.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 11, 2014
I think GoodFellas leaves this for dead, absolutely for dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Beth Accomando
March 30, 2007
The Departed doesn't improve in any way on Infernal Affairs, which served up a return to stylish Hong Kong action.
| Original Score: 5/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Scorsese revisits old territory in The Departed, and he doesn't do anything he hasn't done brilliantly several times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 24, 2013
Sub-par gangster fodder.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
October 6, 2006
DiCaprio is outstanding, as is the film's first hour. But Scorsese's tale of rats and the rat race gets its neck snapped in traps set by Nicholson's relapse into Just Jack, a flabby finish and a tonally wrong final wink.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 6, 2006
... managing to convey nothing for the mind or soul in its over two hours of excessive overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 5, 2006
Suffers in comparison to the tension, subtlety, and top-drawer acting in Infernal Affairs.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 3, 2006
Neither a debacle nor a bore, The Departed works but only up to a point, and never emotionally.
July 23, 2009
Much splat, little art
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 6, 2006
Scorsese hurries through scenes with an impatience that suggests boredom. Spontaneous violence doesn't shock us anymore in Scorsese's environments. Even the director's reliable technicians let him down.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 9, 2006
Redolent of four-letter words, Scorsese's flatulent Boston massacre doesn't amount to a hill of beans ... It's easily his worst film since Cape Fear. How bad is GoodFellas Does Boston? So bad that even Nicholson is a deadly bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Richard von Busack
January 23, 2015
The Departed has the sense of a 14-hour movie carved down to a fraction.
Timothy Knight
October 6, 2006
Despite its jazzy energy and many stunning set pieces, Scorsese's latest film is a regrettably uneven addition to the director's canon, paling in comparison to such classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
October 4, 2006
as inflated with its own sense of epic destiny as the Hindenburg was with hydrogen and just as doomed
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 5, 2006
A sprawling crime drama that works, when it does work, mainly as a comedy. Convoluted, confusing and full of fat, the film cries out for a trimmed down version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
October 5, 2006
There should be so many interesting dilemmas, but like the original Infernal Affairs, it muddles in standard mob deals and police investigations, nothing you can't see on any handful of TV shows. Why not give each side some painful decisions to mak
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
October 6, 2006
This picture feels like an exercise by a Scorsese clone who has tackled the master's themes -- without his energy and economy of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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