The Departed Reviews

  • The argot of New York's Little Italy is Martin Scorsese's first language, but the filmmaker speaks fluent, pungent Bostonese in the terrific cops-and-mobsters tale The Departed.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Martin Scorsese's cubistic entertainment about men divided by power, loyalty and their own selves finds the director back on the mean streets where he belongs.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Martin Scorsese has got his groove back.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Two and a half hours race by as this twisting, turning tale blazes its exciting, funny, brutal path.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The Departed, which screenwriter William Monahan cleverly adapted from the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, crackles right along, stopping only long enough for Scorsese's signature bursts of explosive violence.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • A relentlessly violent, breathtakingly assured piece of mean-streets filmmaking, the film shows the legendary director dropping the bids for industry respectability that have preoccupied him over the past decade and doing what he does best.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Neither a debacle nor a bore, The Departed works but only up to a point, and never emotionally.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • After a pair of flawed Oscar-hunting epics, Martin Scorsese has returned to the gritty, violent mob drama that has always been his strong suit, and the result -- The Departed -- is his best film since 1990's Goodfellas.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • A crime drama of thrilling breadth and intensity.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • For all its bloodletting, The Departed is an intoxicating film. It's a film that'll have your hands over your face with one eye peeking: The violence sickens, but the movie seduces.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Rude, crafty, funny and richly profane, it's the work of an artist unmistakably in his element.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • The Departed exhibits a rough-hewn, deft intelligence. Monahan has written some razor-sharp lines, and Scorsese's latest crew knows how to wield the quips.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The Departed has enough tension to keep you engrossed, and enough color for ten crime pictures. Scorsese obviously adores his expensive, expansive ensemble.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The Departed is murderous fun, but it's too shallow to be the kind of movie that haunts your sleep.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It is funny, shocking and brutal, and it's filled with brilliant performances, with some of our best actors sinking their teeth into a great screenplay from William Monahan.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • After the dolled-up theatrics of his last few features, from Casino (1995) up through The Aviator (2004), it's a kick to find director Martin Scorsese back in prime form, at least in the terrific first half of The Departed.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • With its welter of double crosses, The Departed is completely engrossing, a master class in suspense.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • If the story suffers initially from a slight lack of focus, hang in there, because you will soon become immersed in a mesmerizing, expertly plotted cat-and-mouse game.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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