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Donnie Brasco Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gritty and humorous crime drama about an undercover cop infiltrating the Mafia.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

January 29, 2010
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Depp's tight, guarded performance is almost painful to watch, and Newell seems to have reined in the flamboyant Pacino, whose portrait of the mobster as a grumpy old man may be his best work in years.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2009


It's tempting to think Pacino stopped trying sometime in the mid-1980s. But watch Lefty's elegiac final scene and you might conclude that it's not Al's ability that's dimmed, rather it's the imagination of casting directors that's grown stale.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 20, 2009
Todd McCarthy
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Although perhaps familiar in its outer trappings, Pacino's fine work is the key to the film succeeding to the extent that it does.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 20, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

[Newell and Attanasio] pay as much attention to emotional details as to the clockwork details of mob life.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2007
Chuck O'Leary

Just misses ranking in the upper echelon of mob movies.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

May 9, 2007

Time Out
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A tense, sharp and compelling character study, Newell's film is a worthy addition to the Mob-movie canon.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Michael Dequina

A classy piece of work that may disappoint those looking for something more conventional.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

A blue collar gangster movie that succeeds on all attempted levels, particularly acting.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Donnie Brasco is a fine movie but it might just be best remembered as Johnny Depp's coming-out party. A star -- check that, an actor -- is born.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B+

January 8, 2005
Dragan Antulov

Shows that solid acting and writing can salvage even material that has been covered by much better filmmakers.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

August 26, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Donnie Brasco manages to sidestep the obvious and dwell on the intriguing.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

In almost every respect, Donnie Brasco is an original, the unexpected rebirth of an old and oft-told tale.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Donnie Brasco is 120 minutes of riveting filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 14, 2002
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

It's gritty, real and totally engrossing.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

August 14, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A first-class Mafia thriller that is also, in its way, a love story.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 2002
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine

It's hard to develop any sympathy for the film's nasty manipulative humans, despite the best efforts of all involved in this newest slant on the mean-streets crowd.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2002
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts

The humor and tragedy that Pacino and Depp put on the screen will stay with you.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

April 17, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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In the tired figure of Lefty, manifest in the craggy icon of Pacino, our sympathies are definitely enlisted, and the theme rings a poignant note.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2002
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