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The Departed (2006)



Critic Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.

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Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young cop looking to make a name for himself in the world of law enforcement. Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is a street-smart criminal who has successfully infiltrated the police department with the sole intention of reporting their every move to ruthless syndicate head Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). When Costigan is assigned the task of working his way into Costello's tightly guarded inner circle, Sullivan is faced with the responsibility of rooting out the informer before things get out of hand. With the stakes constantly rising and time quickly running out for the undercover cop and his criminal counterpart, each man must work feverishly to reveal his counterpart before his identity is exposed by the other. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Winstone co-star, and writer William Monahan adapts a screenplay originally penned by Alan Mak and Felix Chong. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Leonardo DiCaprio
as Billy Costigan
Matt Damon
as Colin Sullivan
Jack Nicholson
as Frank Costello
Martin Sheen
as Queenan
Ray Winstone
as Mr. French
Vera Farmiga
as Madolyn
Alec Baldwin
as Ellerby
Kevin Corrigan
as Cousin Sean
Mark Rolston
as Timothy Delahunt
Robert Wahlberg
as FBI Agent Frank Lazio
Mary Klug
as Billy's Aunt
Saurman Holzemer Peg
as Mrs. Kennefick
Gurdeep Singh
as Pakistani Proprietor
Armen Garo
as Providence Gangster No. 1
John Cenatiempo
as Providence Gangster No. 2
Joseph Riccobene
as Kneecapped Bankrobber
Billy Smith
as Detective No.1 Tailing Queenan
Lyman Chen
as Translator
Kevin P. McCarthy
as Detective No. 1-Colin's Unit
Chris Fischer
as Detective No. 2-Colin's Unit
Brian Smyj
as Man Glassed in Bar
William Severs
as Older Priest
Larry Mitchell
as Younger Priest
Anthony Estrella
as Police Camera Tech
Andrew Breving
as Police Cell Phone Tech
Tracey Paleo
as Darlene the Secretary
Douglas Crosby
as Man Killed by French
Conor Donovan
as Young Colin
Sallie Toussaint
as Woman at Opera
Patrick Coppola
as Bookie Harassed by French
Mick O'Rourke
as Jimmy Bags
Deborah Carlson
as Sister Mary Theresa
Nellie Sciutto
as Queenan's Secretary
Peter Welch II
as Other Prisoner
Henry Yuk
as Chinese Government Man
Joseph Reidy
as Priest with Young Colin
Tom Kemp
as Billy Costigan Sr.
Zachary Pauliks
as Young Billy
Paula Demers
as Billy's Mother
Paris Karounos
as Jimmy Pappas
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All Critics (264) | Top Critics (54)

Not only is The Departed not among the best of Scorsese's films; it's not even the best version of this film.

January 25, 2015 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

This crime thriller is a profane, blood-drenched joy to watch.

January 25, 2015 | Full Review…
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[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama.

February 24, 2013 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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What makes this a Scorsese film, and not merely a retread, is the director's use of actors, locations and energy, and its buried theme. I am fond of saying that a movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.

July 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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You'll have to go back to GoodFellas to find a Marty movie this fun, this enamored of language, of ethnic slurs, of "Gimme Shelter," of explosive violence. Scorsese's return to form is the year's most dynamic film. Really, how could it not be?

February 3, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The Departed has enough tension to keep you engrossed, and enough color for ten crime pictures. Scorsese obviously adores his expensive, expansive ensemble.

January 6, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Daniel Mumby
Daniel Mumby

Super Reviewer

This is just too awesome.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

There are lots of things I didn't like about this movie, namely the entire cat-and-mouse plotline. How could neither Billy Costigan nor Collin Sullivan nor anyone else not figure out that those two are the double agents? It seemed pretty common knowledge that Collin grew up under the wing of Frank Costello and that bad shit keeps happening after Billy joins Costello's mob. Is Costello really that trustworthy and critical a thinker to believe correlation doesn't equal causation? The alliterative names are also confusing. I'm not a fan of early-aughts Marty or Leo, but Leo isn't bad in this role. Matt Damon's face and voice are too boring to play a villain, Martin Sheen's character is pretty thankless and dies easily, and Marky Mark's character is just a dick for the sake of being a dick - hardly enough meat to develop an Oscar-worthy performance. The only female character is just there to form a slapdash love triangle, and the script doesn't even write her as a realistic psychologist.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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