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½ February 24, 2018
A great cop/mafia film. You'll like it if you like Casino, Goodfellas etc.
½ February 11, 2018
forget about it..

Donnie Brasco

There seems too little space left to work on in a genre that is introduced so many times even repeated too and still even though being of a familiar premise it has some new shoes to fill into it which eventually results into low on drama or even entertainment. Donnie Brasco is an overlong stretched script that is predictable and flat out exhausting in its first act only to discover that the rest of it was just mundane. Mike Newell picks out his favourite details and sequences from the book and executes it with all the conviction but in the end there just isn't enough material to keep the audience investing in it. The only part that got it right was the star cast and boy oh boy what a star cast it is, Johnny Depp and Al Pacino face to face on screen encounters are the only highlights about it. But how much can a performance carry around a movie on its shoulder, Donnie Brasco lacks better editing, gripping screenplay and a soul.
December 21, 2017
not a bad gangster movie, not one of the greats though
½ November 12, 2017
I've probably watched 'Donnie Brasco' a dozen times, but it only occurred to me after yet another viewing how often director Mike Newell features shots of Donnie and Lefty in a car crossing one of New York City's numerous bridges.

Stylistically, it makes sense. It's a perfect way to capture the ruggedness of the steel girders, the grandeur of the East River, and the magnificence of the city's world-renowned skyline off in the distance, all in a single sequence.

However, one must also consider that the bridges serve a more symbolic purpose. Donnie--an undercover FBI agent--successfully infiltrates the Bonanno crime family, and in doing so slowly transitions from an upstanding G-man into a gangster. Thus the bridges are also used as a metaphor--a way to physically manifest his crossing over from good to bad.

'Donnie Brasco' does so many of the big things right, not least of all Al Pacino's extraordinary performance. But it's the little things that make the film endlessly re-watchable, and I'm happy to have discovered another detail that can be added to the list.
½ October 11, 2017
Well-paced and brilliantly directed.
½ October 8, 2017
Great underrated gangster flick.
½ August 19, 2017
A bland gangster film that isn't worth watching. Al Pacino and Johnny Depp wasted an opportunity to do something great together. (First and only viewing - 2/22/2010)
June 24, 2017
1972's The Godfather Is My Fourth Favorite Film Of All Time And 1994's Pulp Fiction Is My Seventh Favorite Film Of All Time As Well.
June 5, 2017
My favorite mafia movie. Has all the best characters and drama. Nothing could have been done differently here and its a true story. Ill take this over godfather even!
April 25, 2017
Though Al Pacino has done better crime dramas this is still a solid entry into the genre thanks to the solid cast, engrossing and tense plot, solid production, a good script and a decent score/soundtrack.
March 31, 2017
Great, authentic and underrated flick! Makes me long for the days when Depp wasn't an idiot.
½ March 12, 2017
A solid gangster movie which looks at it from the point of view of those in the lower ranks of the gang
January 31, 2017
It was okay, the ending sucked.
½ January 17, 2017
Great mob story and exceptional casting.
December 19, 2016
Solid movie. Excellent acting. Great music.
½ November 10, 2016
Not a highlight, but a chilling movie to watch !
½ September 6, 2016
Carried by great performances from Johnny Depp and Al Pacino
September 1, 2016
Outstanding at times but has some weird supporting cast her and there!
July 25, 2016
Now nearly 20 years old, this is likely the best Al Pacino mob movie you never saw.Each of the 16 roughly 10 minute chapters seemed polished and complete on its own, like episodes of Sopranos (which came only 2 years later and seemed to borrow from this format).
½ July 18, 2016
Completely forgettable. Not a single scene from this movie stands out to me.
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