Black Mass

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Black Mass spins a gripping yarn out of its fact-based story -- and leaves audiences with one of Johnny Depp's most compelling performances in years.



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In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. -- (C) Warner Bros


Johnny Depp
as Whitey Bulger
Benedict Cumberbatch
as William Bulger
Joel Edgerton
as John Connolly
Jesse Plemons
as Kevin Weeks
Dakota Johnson
as Lindsey Cyr
Rory Cochrane
as Stephen Flemmi
Julianne Nicholson
as Marianne Connolly
Adam Scott
as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick
Brad Carter
as John McIntyre
David Harbour
as John Morris
Jeremy Strong
as Josh Bond (uncredited)
W. Earl Brown
as John Martorano
Corey Stoll
as Fred Wyshak
Kevin Bacon
as FBI Agent Charles McGuire
Peter Sarsgaard
as Brian Halloran
Bill Camp
as John Callahan
Juno Temple
as Deborah Hussey
Mark Mahoney
as Mickey Maloney
Scott Anderson
as Tommy King
Lonnie Farmer
as DEA Agent Eric Olsen (Interrogator)
Mary Klug
as Mom Bulger
Erica McDermott
as Mary Bulger
Luke Ryan
as Douglas Cyr
Owen Burke
as Buddy Leonard
Lewis Wheeler
as Jeremiah O'Sullivan
Robert Walsh
as Voice of Sr. FBI Official
Robert Walsh
as Voice of Sr. FBI Official
Billy Meleady
as Joe Cahill
Jamie Donnelly
as Mrs. Cody
David DeBeck
as Roger Wheeler
David Conley (V)
as Officer Flynn
Ciaran Crawford
as Irish Nationalist
Thomas Philip O'Neill
as FBI Wire Tech
Joey Vacchio
as Joey, Big Italian
Bill Haims
as Gennaro Angiulo
Anthony Molinari
as Charlie McTiernan
Todd Ryan Jones
as Charlie's Friend
Declan Mulvey
as Charlie's Friend
Bates Wilder
as Agent James
Marc Carver
as Dick Lehr
Richard Donelly
as Gerard O'Neill
Gary Galone
as State Captain
Peter J. Morse
as FBI Agent
Tom Kemp
as Father Mackey
Patrick M. Walsh, Jr.
as Michael Donahue
Naheem Garcia
as DEA Agent
Stephen Curran
as Drug Dealer
Jack Neary
as Barman
Jimmy Joe Maher
as Boot Shop Owner
Forry Buckingham
as World Jai Alai Chairman
Danny DeMiller
as Porthole Bartender
Michael F. Murphy
as Porthole Customer
Alexander Cook
as DEA Agent Dan Doherty
Ava Cooper
as Little Mary Bulger
Stella Cooper
as Kathleen Bulger
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Critic Reviews for Black Mass

All Critics (281) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (205) | Rotten (76)

  • Depp has never been short on menace, and he is so unpleasant as Bulger that his usual gangster charm never kicks in, leaving the audience cold.

    Dec 1, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A compendium of dull gangster shenanigans which shirks hard reality at every turn.

    Nov 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Black Mass... can't figure Whitey out. Developments that seem important come and go without their mark on the man being clear.

    Nov 10, 2015
  • [Depp] is evidently having a fine time - and if his aim is to make our flesh creep, from his perspective at least Black Mass must be reckoned a success.

    Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • How much longer must we subscribe, as moviegoers, to the sentimental brotherhood of violence?

    Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The role is Depp's best in many years, and a welcome respite from the parade of prancing pseudo-villains-Mortdecai, the Wolf, Barnabas Collins, Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka-to which he has devoted far too much of his career.

    Sep 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Mass

  • Jul 12, 2017
    Johnny Depp turns in one of his more nuanced and compelling performances in a while in Black Mass, however, the rest of the film seesaws between tedium and mildly gripping. It never reaches the heights of similarly themed films of late, and its story presentation is plagued with heaps of plot points never fully fleshed out. I will admit, this isn't necessarily my kind of film, but if you are in the mood for such a thing, the jolting violence and mobster plot should captivate well enough. Rating: 54
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2016
    Johnny Depp's chilling and transforming performances is the highlight of this gritty, true-to-life adaptation of an American crime story. Black Mass' star-heavy cast (including Edgerton, Cumberbatch) and its calculating direction helps emphasize the brutality and impact of this notorious gangster. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2016
    Depp has never been more menacing as real life gangster Whitey Bulger, he plays it with the right amount of menace and coldness. Edgerton and Cumberbatch are also very good. But, for a crime drama, it does move very slow at times and I did get bored. Director Scott Cooper gets the best from his actors and overall I was satisfied. 07-11-2016
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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