Black Mass 2015

Black Mass

Critics Consensus

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.

73%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 289

68%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 19,407

Where to watch

Show all services

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

Black Mass Videos

Black Mass Photos

Movie Info

While his brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Depp
James "Whitey" Bulger
Joel Edgerton
John Connolly
Dakota Johnson
Lindsey Cyr
Kevin Bacon
FBI Agent Charles McGuire
Peter Sarsgaard
Brian Halloran
Jesse Plemons
Kevin Weeks
Rory Cochrane
Stephen Flemmi
David Harbour
John Morris
Adam Scott
FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick
Scott Cooper
Director
Mark Mallouk
Screenwriter
Jez Butterworth
Screenwriter
Scott Cooper
Producer
Brett Ratner
Executive Producer
James Packer
Executive Producer
Show all Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for Black Mass

Critic Reviews for Black Mass

All Critics (289) | Top Critics (71) | Fresh (210) | Rotten (79)

  • Scott Cooper appears to have made Black Mass under the assumption that his work was half done the moment he jotted the words "Boston-set crime drama" on a notepad.

    June 14, 2017 | Full Review…

    Angie Han

    Slashfilm
    Top Critic
  • Depp sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise bland crime drama. And when the film isn't distracting, it's mostly just plain boring.

    February 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Yes, it's a relief to see Depp playing a real character again, not another one of his circus freaks -- I just wish he'd been given a better film to operate in.

    June 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A a well-crafted, well-acted, and competently executed movie that you've seen many, many times before.

    May 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Packs a nasty gangland punch, but lacks the Corleone clout necessary to back up its much-discussed blood-and-honour themes.

    November 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | 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
    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/black-mass-dir-scott-cooper-2015.html
    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

Black Mass Quotes

Movie & TV guides