Donnie Brasco Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 29, 2010
A gritty and humorous crime drama about an undercover cop infiltrating the Mafia.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 20, 2009
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 | 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.
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Todd McCarthy
November 20, 2008
Although perhaps familiar in its outer trappings, Pacino's fine work is the key to the film succeeding to the extent that it does.
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
[Newell and Attanasio] pay as much attention to emotional details as to the clockwork details of mob life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
May 9, 2007
Just misses ranking in the upper echelon of mob movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A tense, sharp and compelling character study, Newell's film is a worthy addition to the Mob-movie canon.
Michael Dequina
September 17, 2005
A classy piece of work that may disappoint those looking for something more conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
A blue collar gangster movie that succeeds on all attempted levels, particularly acting.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
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 | Original Score: B+
Dragan Antulov
August 26, 2003
Shows that solid acting and writing can salvage even material that has been covered by much better filmmakers.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Donnie Brasco manages to sidestep the obvious and dwell on the intriguing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
In almost every respect, Donnie Brasco is an original, the unexpected rebirth of an old and oft-told tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Donnie Brasco is 120 minutes of riveting filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
August 14, 2002
It's gritty, real and totally engrossing.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A first-class Mafia thriller that is also, in its way, a love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
The humor and tragedy that Pacino and Depp put on the screen will stay with you.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
One of the most moving and insightful gangster films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 22, 2011

Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Derek Malcolm
Mail & Guardian
January 1, 2000
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