The Departed Reviews

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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
The Departed is a near-perfect synthesis of cinematic genius and commercial appeal, quite possibly the most accomplished and accessible film from one of the greatest living directors.
Top Critic
January 25, 2015
This crime thriller is a profane, blood-drenched joy to watch.
January 25, 2015
Scorsese may not wish to be known only as a crime dramatist, but when it's something nobody else has ever done as well, why complain?
January 25, 2015
Screenwriter William Monahan's taut, terse script, minimizes explanations of the many characters' backstory and conflicts, yet his brilliant dialogue crackles with savvy.
January 25, 2015
Bloody, brutal and brilliant -- DiCaprio and Nicholson shine in the crime movie of 2006.
January 25, 2015
The shocking violence is well-placed. The action scenes are always comprehensible -- no jump cut cheats here -- and the suspense will make you fidget in your seat. What a corker.
January 25, 2015
The best of its kind since Michael Mann's Heat.
January 23, 2015
This is rich and satisfying stuff with Scorsese rediscovering his masterful skill at delivering a narrative which crackles with acid dialogue delivered by a gifted cast.
January 23, 2015
The Departed has the sense of a 14-hour movie carved down to a fraction.
January 23, 2015
Every scene has it's purpose, every shot is meticulously used.
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.
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.
January 23, 2015
As ingenious as it is artificial.
January 23, 2015
Nicholson's unsavoury grin and seedy menace are a joy to behold.
February 11, 2014
Rude, profane, clever, hilarious, engrossing, crowd-pleasing, ridiculously entertaining.
February 11, 2014
As cop thrillers go, this is the best in quite a while.
February 11, 2014
I think GoodFellas leaves this for dead, absolutely for dead.
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.
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."
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