The Departed Reviews

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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.
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.
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January 25, 2015
This crime thriller is a profane, blood-drenched joy to watch.
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 24, 2013
[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama.
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.
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?
January 6, 2007
The Departed has enough tension to keep you engrossed, and enough color for ten crime pictures. Scorsese obviously adores his expensive, expansive ensemble.
October 26, 2006
Is Scorsese desperate? This screenplay has the scent of it, as if he is scraping for material to feed his basic filmic interests.
October 14, 2006
[A] glorious mess of a movie.
October 10, 2006
Martin Scorsese returns to gangland in The Departed, a slick, soulful retelling of overrated Hong Kong actioner Infernal Affairs.
October 9, 2006
This merrily vicious and violent Martin Scorsese film about cops and gangsters in Boston will never haunt your sleep, as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull do, but it will keep you excited and amused for well over two hours.
October 8, 2006
This is a Martin Scorsese film of the classic sort. It has a high body-count and moments of sublime excess; the master is on form.
October 7, 2006
Martin Scorsese has got his groove back.
October 7, 2006
The storytelling here is a model of smooth precision.
October 7, 2006
Scorsese has put together a fantastic ensemble of actors: Some of the movie's best performances are the ones tucked into the corners, like Alec Baldwin's beefy, arrogant state police honcho.
October 6, 2006
That Scorsese can hit this kind of material out of the park isn't surprising, and much of The Departed gleams with a certain well-honed perfection.
October 6, 2006
As The Departed wears on, it becomes more exciting, more grimly funny and more nihilistic -- and that nihilism has a lasting impact.
October 6, 2006
Freed from iconic figures and weighty themes, Martin Scorsese, in The Departed, gets to riff and rock. And the audience gets a huge, bloody, profane entertainment in the bargain.
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