Donnie Brasco Reviews

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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Remains a bore for much of its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
For all its treacheries, twists and turns, nothing really comes as a surprise.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
It's a good story and an interesting take on trust and friendship, but Donnie Brasco only works for the first hour.
| Original Score: 3/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Pacino's performance is great and the story seems to have an interesting take on human nature, but the bland, mechanical direction make it not quite worthy of a full recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Though the outline of what the film has tried to do is visible, so little feels at stake emotionally that anyone intending to care about these characters would be well advised, for want of a better phrase, to simply fhuggedaboudit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
August 14, 2002
Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony.
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+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie has many human qualities and contains what will be remembered as one of Pacino's finest scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Takes us into a world that the movies frequently open to us, but somehow this trip seems more real and less glamorized than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It is Pacino who holds our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
A pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Tarnishes the shiny veneer of the mob we've seen in earlier movies, holding up its players not as criminal heroes but as cogs in a criminal machine, more worthy of compassion than cheers.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
One fine little character study about crime, friendship and loyalty in gangland New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
A standard-issue mobster movie that rises above the mire of its shopworn genre by showing the cracks in its characters' armor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 26, 2002
Depp is convincing as the role-playing agent who loses track of his real identity.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
One of the most moving and insightful gangster films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 22, 2011
Derek Malcolm
Mail & Guardian
January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
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