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The Departed Reviews

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Matt Holmes
What Culture
January 23, 2015
Every scene has it's purpose, every shot is meticulously used.
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
January 23, 2015
It's one of the year's best pictures. It's also one of Martin Scorsese's best. And when you think of some other films he's made, that's saying something.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
January 23, 2015
Scorsese's film is a grossly over-extended 150, and -- despite its flashes of directorial genius -- it's no deeper (or more comprehensible) than the original.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
January 23, 2015
As ingenious as it is artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
January 23, 2015
Nicholson's unsavoury grin and seedy menace are a joy to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
February 11, 2014
Rude, profane, clever, hilarious, engrossing, crowd-pleasing, ridiculously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 11, 2014
As cop thrillers go, this is the best in quite a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 11, 2014
I think GoodFellas leaves this for dead, absolutely for dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 11, 2014
[The Departed] showcases Scorsese's trademark themes of sin, betrayal and redemption. It's a carefully calibrated and detailed film that takes its time establishing the characters' complex histories.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
February 11, 2014
The Departed is not for the faint of heart. But scaredy-cats are going to miss a tremendously satisfying film, one that will have you leaving the theater saying, "Now, that was a movie."
| Original Score: 4/4
Leslie Felperin
Radio Times
February 11, 2014
It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 24, 2013
Sub-par gangster fodder.

Total Film
February 24, 2013
This is Scorsese's Serpico, his French Connection, his Heat, and he brings the same eye for anthropological detail to the boys in blue as he does to his beloved wiseguys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
February 24, 2013
An expertly-crafted genre thriller which stands a chance at becoming one of his biggest box office hits yet.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 24, 2013
[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama.
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012
Scorsese finds himself back in his comfort zone with a crime epic about loyalty and deception that's deeply engaging and viciously entertaining from start to bloody finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Urban film making at its best, The Departed is a brutally violent, beautifully crafted, and incredibly well acted piece of film making that will leave you reeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 19, 2009
The film is superbly shot, and the rapid-fire editing and shaky camera fit the constant flux that the main characters find themselves in time and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 59/100
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
You must understand farce before you can understand tragedy, and Scorsese understands both
July 23, 2009
Much splat, little art
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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