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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Scorsese isn't about plots; he's about people, places, and times, and until he departs from that, this film is a return to genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
One of the year's very best and most exciting films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
Great acting aside, this film's greatest accomplishment comes from its director, whose style is remarkable and whose vision is always innovative.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 18, 2008
Scorsese has made an incredible cover version of the original, imbued with every ounce of his artistic personality transforming it into something both familiar and new.
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
The Departed heralds Martin Scorsese's return to the top of his game and simultaneously secures for the film a place in the pantheon of the very best of American crime cinema. Welcome back to Scorsese's mean streets.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Neil Smith
February 20, 2008
The story rattles along at such a lick there's little time to ponder the plot holes -- no mean feat in a film of this length and with so many fine actors competing for our attention.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 21, 2007
... a fantastically entertaining crime thriller, crackling with energy from beginning to end. ... But Nicholson's outrageous over-acting becomes a distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Scorsese revisits old territory in The Departed, and he doesn't do anything he hasn't done brilliantly several times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
Scorsese is clearly a master filmmaker but in my opinion, he's only phoning it in here. THE DEPARTED is a matter of been there, done that. Second tier Scorsese is still good, it just doesn't rank up there with his best work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Probably the director's most taut piece of storytelling since Goodfellas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 6, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 28, 2007
Sometimes accused of failing to harness the kinetic energy that abounds in his films, Martin Scorsese has done such a fine job of balancing the heat and the cold here.
| Original Score: 86/100
Beth Accomando
March 30, 2007
The Departed doesn't improve in any way on Infernal Affairs, which served up a return to stylish Hong Kong action.
| Original Score: 5/10
March 24, 2007
Scorsese takes William Monahan's brilliant adaptation and completely makes it his own, resulting in not only one of the best movies of the year but also one of the best of his amazing career.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
Scorsese's treatise on honour and trust has a sprawl that's at once epic and cohesive.
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Kam Williams
February 10, 2007
An over-plotted, pressure-cooked crime caper directed by Martin Scorcese which touches on every classic theme imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 7, 2007
A return to genre for Martin Scorsese, this cops and gangsters film is unqestionably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 7, 2007
The Departed's lucky-charmed score is one of many subliminal devices in the film: No one better lay a hand on Scorsese's Oscar.
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 30, 2007
...the best thing the director has done in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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