Donnie Brasco Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 22, 2011
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Pacino and Depp are a match made in acting heaven, riffing off each other with astonishing subtlety and wit.
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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
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Depp is as good as I've seen him, and Pacino is simply astonishing.
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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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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A consistently absorbing and intelligent adult entertainment.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
You get something far richer, if more unsettling, here than conventional crime drama's romanticism and easy analogies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
For all its treacheries, twists and turns, nothing really comes as a surprise.
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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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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
An affirmation that the director, Mike Newell, has a gift for talkative, intelligent films that make his actors shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Pacino cans the showboating bluster and gives a gently nuanced portrait of a simple man in decline.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Entertainment Weekly
February 28, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: A-