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February 27, 2018
It starts strong, but the development loses steam and narrative intensity, offering little. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 25, 2015
Not only is The Departed not among the best of Scorsese's films; it's not even the best version of this film.
February 11, 2014
I think GoodFellas leaves this for dead, absolutely for dead.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 30, 2007
The Departed doesn't improve in any way on Infernal Affairs, which served up a return to stylish Hong Kong action.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
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
September 24, 2013
Sub-par gangster fodder.
October 6, 2006
DiCaprio is outstanding, as is the film's first hour. But Scorsese's tale of rats and the rat race gets its neck snapped in traps set by Nicholson's relapse into Just Jack, a flabby finish and a tonally wrong final wink.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2006
... managing to convey nothing for the mind or soul in its over two hours of excessive overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 5, 2006
Suffers in comparison to the tension, subtlety, and top-drawer acting in Infernal Affairs.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
October 3, 2006
Neither a debacle nor a bore, The Departed works but only up to a point, and never emotionally.
July 23, 2009
Much splat, little art
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 6, 2006
Scorsese hurries through scenes with an impatience that suggests boredom. Spontaneous violence doesn't shock us anymore in Scorsese's environments. Even the director's reliable technicians let him down.
| Original Score: 2/4
October 9, 2006
Redolent of four-letter words, Scorsese's flatulent Boston massacre doesn't amount to a hill of beans ... It's easily his worst film since Cape Fear. How bad is GoodFellas Does Boston? So bad that even Nicholson is a deadly bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 23, 2015
The Departed has the sense of a 14-hour movie carved down to a fraction.
October 6, 2006
Despite its jazzy energy and many stunning set pieces, Scorsese's latest film is a regrettably uneven addition to the director's canon, paling in comparison to such classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2006
as inflated with its own sense of epic destiny as the Hindenburg was with hydrogen and just as doomed
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 25, 2015
Plausible psychological scrutiny loses out to shot after shot of brains being splattered. And boy, do you get a lot of brains for your buck. It's just a shame they're all on the walls and not in the script.
January 25, 2015
As in his remake of Cape Fear, Scorsese has mucked up a B-movie he professes to love: producing something full of twists but devoid of that lovely, fluttery, rare thing: surprise.
December 30, 2006
This is not a film Scorsese will be or should be remembered for - though fans of Goodfellas may relish the profligate bloodshed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2006
A sprawling crime drama that works, when it does work, mainly as a comedy. Convoluted, confusing and full of fat, the film cries out for a trimmed down version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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