“Martin Scorsese Is The Greatest Director Of All Time.”
“A Brilliantly Acted, Brilliantly Directed, Brilliantly Written, Brilliant Film.”
“MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!!!!!”
“My Favourite Film Ever...”
“A American Crime Classic From The Legendary Martin Scorsese ”
“Great Movie Of Crime.”
“A Great Crime Movie.”
“One Of The Best Crime Films To Date.”
“DESERVED THE OSCARS IT GOT”
“"I Smell A Rat In My Crew."”
“There Is A Rat On My Unit.”
“The Best Of His Films Yet”
“It's One Of Those Movies You Don't See The Time Pass So Involved You Get With The Story. This Time Martin Scorcese Deserved All The Awards. ”
“The Dear And Departed”
“A Movie That Can't Be Overastimated!!”
“Scorsese Has Crafted An Indelible, Crafty And Thrilling Epic, Crime Drama At It's Finest, As If We Should Expect Any Less From The Oscar-less Director”
“A Brilliant, Brutal & Contemporary Film With A Classic Feel & Some Of The Best Acting In Ages. Marty, Baby, We Love Ya!”
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
If this one doesn't win Scorsese an Oscar, then there's something seriously wrong with Oscar.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It took a while, but Martin Scorsese has returned to the Mean Streets.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Mr. Scorsese and his associates have assembled a remarkably charismatic cast to impart coherence and conviction to a narrative that could have easily dwindled into an affectless succession of gratuitous intrigues.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
This reworking of a popular Hong Kong picture pulses with energy, tangy dialogue and crackling performances from a fine cast.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Scorsese's sharpest film in a decade and the most entertaining major studio release this year.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The Departed is Scorsese's most entertaining picture in years, dense, violent (more of his screen sadism played for laughs), and satisfying.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
[A] glorious mess of a movie.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
As so often before, the body count is high in a Martin Scorsese movie. But where once the bodies pulsated with life in all its vainglorious furor, here they drop like wooden ducks in an artificial pond.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It's a stylish head rush of a movie that flies by, even at two-and-a-half hours, and keeps turning the knife (and your stomach) up to the final scene.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The original film was gritty and entertaining; the new version is a masterpiece -- the best effort Scorsese has brought to the screen since Goodfellas.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Scorsese's relaxed energy infuses the film with excitement in every frame, thus elevating a gangster story to the level of tragedy.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The veteran director has made two-thirds of a great film about Boston cops and mobsters, with dazzlingly rich performances from a dizzyingly stellar cast and an ambience that screams Scorsese's typical cultural authenticity.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Too operatic at times, too in love with violence and macho posturing at others, it's a potboiler dressed up in upscale designer clothes, but oh how that pot does boil.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
This is Scorsese's Serpico, his French Connection, his Heat, and he brings the same eye for anthropological detail to the boys in blue as he does to his beloved wiseguys.
Dean Essner - Total Film
An expertly-crafted genre thriller which stands a chance at becoming one of his biggest box office hits yet.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International
Urban film making at its best, The Departed is a brutally violent, beautifully crafted, and incredibly well acted piece of film making that will leave you reeling.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The film is superbly shot, and the rapid-fire editing and shaky camera fit the constant flux that the main characters find themselves in time and again.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
You must understand farce before you can understand tragedy, and Scorsese understands both
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Much splat, little art
S. James Wegg - JWR
Scorsese isn't about plots; he's about people, places, and times, and until he departs from that, this film is a return to genius.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
One of the year's very best and most exciting films.
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Great acting aside, this film's greatest accomplishment comes from its director, whose style is remarkable and whose vision is always innovative.
Brian Gibson - Film School Rejects
Scorsese has made an incredible cover version of the original, imbued with every ounce of his artistic personality transforming it into something both familiar and new.
Brian Holcomb - Beyond Hollywood
The Departed heralds Martin Scorsese's return to the top of his game and simultaneously secures for the film a place in the pantheon of the very best of American crime cinema. Welcome back to Scorsese's mean streets.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The story rattles along at such a lick there's little time to ponder the plot holes -- no mean feat in a film of this length and with so many fine actors competing for our attention.
Neil Smith - Film4
... a fantastically entertaining crime thriller, crackling with energy from beginning to end. ... But Nicholson's outrageous over-acting becomes a distraction.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Scorsese revisits old territory in The Departed, and he doesn't do anything he hasn't done brilliantly several times before.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Scorsese is clearly a master filmmaker but in my opinion, he's only phoning it in here. THE DEPARTED is a matter of been there, done that. Second tier Scorsese is still good, it just doesn't rank up there with his best work.
Ted Murphy - Murphy's Movie Reviews
Probably the director's most taut piece of storytelling since Goodfellas.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Sometimes accused of failing to harness the kinetic energy that abounds in his films, Martin Scorsese has done such a fine job of balancing the heat and the cold here.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
The Departed doesn't improve in any way on Infernal Affairs, which served up a return to stylish Hong Kong action.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Scorsese takes William Monahan's brilliant adaptation and completely makes it his own, resulting in not only one of the best movies of the year but also one of the best of his amazing career.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
Scorsese's treatise on honour and trust has a sprawl that's at once epic and cohesive.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
An over-plotted, pressure-cooked crime caper directed by Martin Scorcese which touches on every classic theme imaginable.
Kam Williams - EURWeb
A return to genre for Martin Scorsese, this cops and gangsters film is unqestionably entertaining.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The Departed's lucky-charmed score is one of many subliminal devices in the film: No one better lay a hand on Scorsese's Oscar.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
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?
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
...the best thing the director has done in years.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The cast was a blast, playing each part off one another like a great chess match set up via the poetic images swirling through Scorsese's mind.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Violencia, crimen, orfandad, traicin, muerte. Scorsese de nuevo... otra jodida joya!
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
And is there a better director working today that can find just the right song to capture the mood of the story on screen?
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
No esta entre lo mejor de Scorsese, pero es un buen policial con algunos momentos intensos, una vertiginosa narracion casi sin pausas, y un estupendo elenco (a pesar de Jack, que excede su personaje).
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
A welcome departure from all the banal fare we've been presented with over the last few months. The Departed is how movies are supposed to be made.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
You might be surprised that Irish Catholic South Boston should have provided the opportunity for this stunning return, but I tell you the range of emotions would be characteristically, authentically Scorsese's even if [the film] were set in Kowloon.
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
Apesar de levemente inferior ao longa chines, este e um filme vigoroso que demonstra a habilidade de seu diretor em conduzir tramas violentas e complexas.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A tough and gritty crime thriller, tossing up the issue of morality before shooting it down in a cascade of bullets . a piece of explosive cinema.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Another very good gangster movie from Martin Scorsese, and a faithful remake
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Suffers in comparison to the tension, subtlety, and top-drawer acting in Infernal Affairs.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
These may not be the streets of [Scorsese's] past, but they are just as mean and just as compelling.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The movie gains life entirely from the interplay among the actors, and both of the young stars are wonderful.
Alan Dale - Blogcritics.org
Scorsese has long since proved to be a master at gangland crime dramas and The Departed is no exception.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Is Scorsese desperate? This screenplay has the scent of it, as if he is scraping for material to feed his basic filmic interests.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Probably the best acted film of the year.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Sweeps us along helplessly, basking in the sheer energy of it all.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
This is a brilliant story retold with the flourish of a master.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Thoroughly entertaining, the competing character agendas are realized superbly by a cohesive ensemble.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Not as bad as The Aviator or Gangs of New York.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This would not be the movie it is without Nicholson's unforgettable, over-the-top, deliciously-obscene performance.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Like a sucker punch to the gut, and I do mean that as a compliment.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
This is, without a doubt, one of 2006's best movies, another milestone for a man whose career path is paved with such accolades.
Bill Gibron - DVD Verdict
Finally, the race is on. The battle for Best Picture begins with Martin Scorsese's The Departed, an outstanding return to form that will be nominated across the board in several major categories.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Martin Scorsese nous revient dans sa meilleure production en plus de 10 ans (depuis Goodfellas en fait)...
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
The Departed is an enjoyable, but overlong crime caper with some great performances and plenty of moments that scream 'Scorsese!' But you know what? The Aviator is a better movie.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Scorsese bloats the first half with epic pretensions, leaving behind a pretty good genre remake, rather than a great movie that happens to be a thriller. . . . could have been magnificent.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Martin Scorsese, at the top of his game, stages some great set pieces.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
An intricate music box of cinematic flair but utterly hollow as a personal statement.
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
Stacked up against Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, sure ... this is lesser Scorsese. And 'lesser' Scorsese is still better than almost anything else around.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
... while not glorifying the gun culture of this nation, [the film] exposes it in a sea of blood ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Martin Scorsese's triumphant return to modern day storytelling.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
It's a testament to the rest of the cast that Nicholson's self-worshipping train-wreck of a performance doesn't sink the entire film.
Chris Barsanti - ToxicUniverse.com
Scorsese's best in years-strong praise considering that his last two movies were both up for the Best Picture Academy Award.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
A wholly remarkable work -- one that is considerably deeper and certainly more complex than its crime thriller status might imply.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Given the powerhouse punch of a scenario, it's perhaps not surprising that Scorsese elected to rework someone else's property while also embellishing it with his own distinctive style.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The only thing that surprises me more than thinking the former Marky Mark is one of the most talented actors working today is that I think his New Kids on the Block brother Donnie is just as good.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Intense and entertaining.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
A great film? To some degree. Great fun? Absolutely. One of the year's best films? Most certainly
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Plushly mounted but marred by fussy choices and overacting, The Departed strands Scorsese once again at a crossroads between art and commerce.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
...riveting and fearless in its intriguing scope. The Departed beats us upside our heads with a flashy fury that stings more caustically than an avenging queen bee.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Martin Scorsese returns to gangland in The Departed, a slick, soulful retelling of overrated Hong Kong actioner Infernal Affairs.
Jamie Russell - BBC
This is crime melodrama as only Scorsese can deliver it, even if we sense in the edges of the frame that he's subtly laughing at the over-ripeness of it all.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Scorsese nails nearly every scene perfectly. There's not a moment your mind wanders, your toe taps restlessly or you dare to miss a scene by glancing at your watch.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Only time will tell if it takes its place alongside Scorsese classics Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas; I have a feeling it just might.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Solid work by DiCaprio, Damon, Sheen and Baldwin...(is) upstaged by Nicholson bravado. Wahlberg, however, comes close.
Steve Crum - Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Rowdier and more neatly resolved than Infernal Affairs (that is, more "American"), The Departed grants Nicholson wide berth for jestering
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
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.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
As in most of Scorsese's films, the wages of sin are pretty harsh, but then, so are the wages of virtue.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Wow -- look what Martin Scorsese can do with a remake!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
We'll be talking about this one for years to come.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
The Departed is not vintage Scorsese, but for most of its running time it sure comes close.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
...a cocky film, something that plays a little faster than real life and is stuffed to the gills with testosteronic humor. Yes, indeed, Marty's back...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Martin Scorsese surprises us with a film that is more of a thriller than his previous efforts. It really holds the viewer. Much of the credit goes to the original film.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
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.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Brilliantly acted, enthrallingly told, this vast, operatic saga centers on two men caught between the fear of having their true selves revealed and the fear of hiding themselves so completely they can never come back.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The most amazing acting in The Departed comes from Mark Wahlberg, who completely transforms himself into the angry police sergeant he portrays.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Scorsese finds himself back in his comfort zone with a crime epic about loyalty and deception that's deeply engaging and viciously entertaining from start to bloody finish.
Scott A. Mantz - Entertainment Insiders
Martin Scorsese must have missed the memo stating that Hollywood movies were being dumbed down for mass audiences. The director has created one of the best films of the year, guaranteed to keep audiences on their toes.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
[A] cunning sprint along the knife edge between cops and mobsters, one that spooks you into feeling at any moment that you might fall off...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Marty's back, doing what he does best. Is that a collective sigh of relief I hear?
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Watching this new film by Scorsese is tantamount to falling in love again with the brash, cinematic bad boy from New York City.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Though the story drags on longer than it probably should, Scorsese and his ensemble cast do an amazing job with staying faithful in their translation.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
DiCaprio raises his game to a whole new level in this film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Proves that Hollywood can still make great films when they want to.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
The storytelling here is a model of smooth precision.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
It may not be vintage Scorsese, but it is exciting Scorsese.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
While this may not be Scorsese's finest film, it is without a doubt his most entertaining. The Departed is here to stay.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
The Departed is nothing short of brilliant -- complicated, ambiguous and ambitious, executed with a virtuosity shared only by a handful of other American filmmakers.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
It's tense, it never gets bogged down and you won't notice that two and half hours have passed when the final credits roll.
Dave White - Movies.com
It's one of the better films by one of our better directors, and even though it's technically a remake (of a popular Hong Kong export) it's pure Scorsese in its study of masculine bonds, of loyalty, of betrayal.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Martin Scorsese's answer to The Sopranos is a triumph, as violent, thrilling and worthy of multiple viewings as any of David Chase's best shots.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
The Departed remains a rousing film.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
As The Departed wears on, it becomes more exciting, more grimly funny and more nihilistic -- and that nihilism has a lasting impact.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
With a dream cast, master director and intriguing story brimming with violence and sex, The Departed really should be better than it is.
Jane Stevenson - Jam! Movies
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.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
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.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Only a cinematic master like Martin Scorsese can take a complex character-driven drama and turn it into a grandiose masterpiece.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Right from the pungent opening line, The Departed has that Goodfellas pop, from the first-rate cast to the sharp black comedy to the startling incidents of violence.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
...a violent crime drama that will undoubtedly reward repeated viewings...
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Aside from the offensive material, The Departed fires on all cylinders as one of the best crime dramas ever made -- smart, suspenseful, and technically well made.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
It's wild and edgy and everything we've come to love about Scorsese.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
With the help of slick writing, an A-list cast and plenty of twisted surprises, Scorsese scores again.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
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.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
You can feel Scorsese's exhilaration in every moment, of The Departed, and the experience is an adrenaline rush, pure and simple.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Gripping, often cruelly funny... [and] a film that is coming along at the perfect time, as millions of Americans grapple with feelings of chronic insecurity, suspicion and a powerful desire for change.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The best remake of the decade.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
The film makes a convincing case, while you're watching, that it simply doesn't get much better than this: its mastery is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
This is going to be a contender come the end of the year. It's Scorsese and company at their best.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Watching some of the best thespians of our era beat the crap out of each other (both literally and figuratively) is one of The Departed's greatest joys.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Nicholson, as usual, overacts to great effect. But the star is DiCaprio who emerges from this film as a complete actor and a full-fledged star... (with) a big assist from Wahlberg, who is captivating in the few minutes he has on screen.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Not since GoodFellas has Scorsese hit so hard, so precisely and with such restraint of obvious flash.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
If you like your films loaded with guns, blood and bad asses with dialects this is the film for you. Scorsese delivers a well-crafted story that will keep you engaged throughout.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
The rats are dead; long live the rats.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It's not great Scorsese, certainly not in the league of Raging Bull or 2004's The Aviator. But it'll do for now.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
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.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Departed is tonally confident and visually ambitious in ways only Scorsese can pull off with gusto and precision, scored with a hiccupy mix-tape of bash-ya-head-in tunes from a broken iPod.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Crime stories have become incredibly generic, and though this is not a pit like Miami Vice, some bursts of good staging and imagery only serve to remind us that Scorsese is a streak gambler who can get stuck with the wrong hand.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's good to see Martin Scorsese back among the bad guys again, knocking heads, spraying bullets, sloshing through the bloody puddles of their conflicted Catholicism.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Finally! A movie in which men pull out their guns and actually shoot the person they're aiming at. 'The Departed' is a violent film, yet so satisfying, due to the unbelievable performances by the entire cast.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Look for The Departed to earn a host of Oscar nominations as befits the blockbuster it will become.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
If The Departed isn't among his handful of his best pictures, it's still gripping, hot and wicked stuff.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
A great, resonant, psychologically complex popcorn movie made by a cast and crew of filmmakers at the top of their game. Welcome back, Marty.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Steeped in testosterone and laced with inventively used profanity, The Departed plunges us into a corrupt Boston world for parallel stories about two cops, played by Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
A beautifully crafted film that's also egregiously violent -rightfully so.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Not typical Scorsese but mature storytelling with a steady rhythm.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Martin Scorsese makes a welcome return to form with his latest, The Departed.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The Departed is riveting, in-your-face entertainment, with a visceral energy, intelligence, dark wit and several first-rate actors doing their best work ever.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Martin Scorsese's remake of the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs (2002) is a thrilling return to form.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's a thinking fan's thriller, a movie involving multiple fully dimensional characters, multiple story lines and edge-of-your-seat twists and swerves, stylized to just the edge of believability.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Great filmmaking, especially if you don't hold it up to Scorsese's masterpieces or to Infernal Affairs.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Crackling with energy, featuring great actors sinking their teeth into the meatiest of roles and a plot that bubbles with tension, this is Scorsese's finest film since Goodfellas.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's not a casual night out at the movies, but sends the viewer away shaken and supremely satisfied.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
... managing to convey nothing for the mind or soul in its over two hours of excessive overkill.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It's an excitingly labyrinthine treatment of the perennial theme that cops and crooks, no matter their ethnic extraction, are fundamentally the same.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
... shifts between action and absurdity, generating the kind of gleeful havoc where you're laughing one minute, then choking as the laughter freezes in your throat.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Martin Scorsese's The Departed is close to a perfect movie, a poignant cousin to The Great Gatsby and as violent as America itself. It is wicked good.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Scorsese differentiates it from everything else he's ever done. The guy might as well retire now because I don't see how he's going to top this one.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This picture feels like an exercise by a Scorsese clone who has tackled the master's themes -- without his energy and economy of style.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Efficient rather than profound. But when efficiency is this much fun, it would be churlish to ask for more.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A particularly Irish brand of cops-and-thieves angst, interesting because it's considerably colder than the Hong Kong variety.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
A reminder that movies can have weight to them and still be enjoyable as entertainment.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
[A] luridly entertaining gangster movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The Departed, which situates the Lau-Mak storyline in contemporary Boston, matches expectations for roughly two-thirds of its somewhat distended 2 1/2-hour running time.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
There should be so many interesting dilemmas, but like the original Infernal Affairs, it muddles in standard mob deals and police investigations, nothing you can't see on any handful of TV shows. Why not give each side some painful decisions to mak
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
It is probably superior to almost anything released this year and is a disappointment only when compared with Scorsese's previous accomplishments.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In Martin Scorsese's thrilling, throbbing reinterpretation of [Infernal Affairs], it is the war that rages within all of us -- between our better and our badder selves -- that transforms this tale of treachery into one of the year's best movies.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
A glorious symphony of motion in the key of violence.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The Departed is a bloody, nihilistic, intelligent, pulpy epic filled with avant-garde techniques.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
Takes a really good movie and makes it great.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The Departed is classic Scorsese complete with a story so dense and exciting you don't want it to end. But, when it does end, HOLY MAMA it's a good ending.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The Departed is Scorsese grabbing New Hollywood by its ear to teach it a lesson the old-fashioned way.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A pulpy, operatic, rousingly good crime thriller.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Martin Scorsese is a master director in every sense of the word and with the help of his ensemble has made a masterpiece of modern cinema, complete with a triple climax ending.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
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.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
What begins as a breakneck descent into blunt cruelty and moral turmoil soon morphs into a cat-and-mouse game encumbered by self-consciously overcooked extravagance.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Dazzlingly done, with a welcome gloss of comic panache, it's the sort of thing Scorsese does better than any other major director in Hollywood.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nicholson will undoubtedly be accused of hamming it up ... but, really, what choice does he have surrounded by all of the macho posturing on display?
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Kept in balance, The Departed's verbal and visual gifts, gun-toting menace, down-and-dirty existentialism, and bristling suspense should please both sides of the movie aisle.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
An exhilarating pulp entertainment.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Heaven has come calling for moviegoers to experience the purest, toughest and most unabashed Scorsese film since GoodFellas.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Scorsese's latest is an anti-war movie that is firmly dedicated to the idea that neither side in this war will ever be declared the winner.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Somebody tell Scorsese to clear off some space on his mantle for a guy named Oscar.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Strong dialogue, intrigue and great music. Top notch acting, crisp direction and editing. Unfortunately, a contrived love triangle & climax greatly compromise the integrity.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
The balance of brutal violence, wildly inappropriate humor, and easy, low-boil romance is nothing short of masterful... a hell of a good time.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Comparisons to Goodfellas and Casino notwithstanding, it has a verve and texture all its own. It also has, courtesy of William Monahan, some of the best dialogue that Scorsese has ever worked with.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
(Martin) Scorsese's movies usually have an operatic quality; this one reaches the heights of Shakespearean tragedy.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
It's a splendid actor's showcase and everyone in the cast comes off well.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Martin Scorsese is a master of the gritty crime drama and this is reminiscent of "GoodFellas" and "Mean Streets."
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
This is remarkably compelling cinema driven by some of the best talent in the business.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
few directors can compose a movie with the power, grace and assurance that Scorsese brings to each shot and scene, and The Departed is more fun, and certainly more funny, than his last few films.
Ben Walters - Time Out
Even if it had come out nine months ago, there is little doubt that anything you see this year -- frankly, anything of its genre you've seen in any recent year -- could surpass The Departed.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
As great as the original is, Scorsese has once again been able to reshape the material into something equally good, with different strengths and weaknesses.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Superbly written and brilliantly acted, this is a return to form for Scorsese - if this doesn't get him the Best Director Oscar, nothing will.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
proof positive that neither Scorsese nor Nicholson have lost their touch.
David Thomas - Filmcritic.com
Owes a heavy debt to the original version, but this is a masterpiece all its own.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Though not on par with 'Raging Bull' or 'Taxi Driver,' 'The Departed' is involving for its entire two hours and thirty-six minutes.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
as inflated with its own sense of epic destiny as the Hindenburg was with hydrogen and just as doomed
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It's Scorsese's best film since 1990's GoodFellas. Oscar? Maybe. Classic? Definitely.
Jeff Otto - cinemaobsession.com
If this was a canvas it would have to be painted from a palette of Irish, Italian and Asian fireworks.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
It's a snarling, magnificent beast. Welcome back, pal.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Sensational. Before Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio, Damon, and Walherg were movie stars, now they are "Class A" actors. The only woman is the weak link.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
While seldom less than totally engrossing, it doesn't come close to the greatness of Scorsese's GoodFellas and Casino, and pales in comparison to Joanou's State of Grace.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Transforms the often predictable crime genre into a nuanced character study.
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
The Departed ends up the most affectingly bleak movie Scorsese's made since Taxi Driver.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
As much as I appreciate the films he has made over the last decade, there is no denying that The Departed is Scorsese's best film since Goodfellas. It's just a f***ing awesome movie.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Back to the streets and with a stellar cast, Martin Scorsese proves once again that he's the master of urban storytelling -- and of thrillingly violent filmmaking.
Roberto Sadovski - Empire Magazine
The Departed is Scorsese's most purely enjoyable movie in years.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Although there will be claims of wasted talent, Scorsese's new blockbuster wanna-be combines sizzling dialog with no-holds-barred action for this year's top-of-the-heap gangster flick
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
Exactly the sort of complexity you'd expect from a Scorsese movie. What I didn't expect from a Scorsese movie was a copout ending.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Toplined by DiCaprio, Damon, and Nicholson, this crime-gangster film, loosely based on Infernal Affairs, reinvents the genre with a uniquely American saga that showcases Scorsese in top form.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com