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The Departed

Crime . Thriller . Drama

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

Actors: Jack Nicholson , Matt Damon , Leonardo DiCaprio , Kevin Corrigan , Alec Baldwin , Anthony Anderson , Vera Farmiga , Ray Winstone , Martin Sheen , Mark Wahlberg
Directors: Martin Scorsese
Country: USA , HONG KONG
Release: 2006-10-06
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  • Kirk Honeycutt

    A ferociously entertaining film.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It is intriguing to wonder what Scorsese saw in the Hong Kong movie that inspired him to make the second remake of his career (after "Cape Fear"). I think he instantly recognized that this story, at a buried level, brought two sides of his art and psyche into equal focus.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    This is the most vibrant, exciting and invigorating movie-movie of the year.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    A movie-movie of the first rank.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The original film was gritty and entertaining ("Infernal Affairs"); the new version is a masterpiece - the best effort Scorsese has brought to the screen since "Goodfellas."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    A triumphant revisiting of territory in which Scorsese is an unchallenged master -- the crime drama.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    A thrilling return to form.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Thelma Schoonmaker, a Scorsese collaborator for over a quarter-century, did the bull's-eye editing. The moviemaking throughout is swift, unaffected, masterly.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    DiCaprio harnesses a terrific, buggy intensity reminiscent of "GoodFellas'" hopped-up Henry Hill (Ray Liotta).

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Ansen

    The Departed is Scorsese's most purely enjoyable movie in years. But it's not for the faint of heart. It's rude, bleak, violent and defiantly un-PC. But if you doubt that it's also OK to laugh throughout this rat's nest of paranoia, deceit and bloodshed, keep your eyes on the final frames. Scorsese's parting shot is an uncharacteristic, but well-earned, wink.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    When a director of Scorsese's caliber is working at the top of his game, it's a reminder of why we go to the movies in the first place.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The very title The Departed suggests a James Joycean take on Irish-Catholic sentiment when, of course, this story is anything but: It's Scorsesean, and he's in full bloom.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    DiCaprio's performance is a revelation only for those who have underestimated him. In Scorsese's previous films, "The Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator," he seemed callow and miscast, but here he has the presence of a full-bodied adult. He's grown into his emotions.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It isn't in the same league as the director's best work, chiefly because it lacks the bravura flourishes of cinematic craft that helped make his name. But it's so vital and bloody and funny and wicked and tense and unapologetic that it feels kin to those films, which little of the director's work of the past decade has managed to pull off.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Whatever it is, the film is the first major release of the fall worth talking about: a fast-paced, visually slick, psychologically fascinating Boston-set cops-and-crooks saga.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Scorsese didn't need to remake "Infernal Affairs," but what he has done with it is a compliment rather than an affront to the original: The Departed reimagines its source material rather than just leeching off it, preserving the bone structure of the first movie while finding new curves in it. The story has been clarified; the ellipses of the original have been filled in with just the right amount of exploratory shading. This is a picture of grand gestures and subtle intricacies, a movie that, even at more than two hours long, feels miraculously lean. It's a smart shot of lucid storytelling. Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    This reworking of a popular Hong Kong picture pulses with energy, tangy dialogue and crackling performances from a fine cast.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    This is a dream cast for both Scorsese and the viewer, and everyone is working at the peak of their craft. Nicholson's flawless performance as the increasingly unhinged crime boss is a marvel of manic, paranoid ruination.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The profanity-laced but witty and literate dialogue by William Monahan ("Kingdom of Heaven") is delivered by a brilliantly chosen cast, almost all of whom are operating at the very top of their game.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    It's a movie with a pulse. Sometimes, it flies off the chart.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The film's score and editing brilliantly heighten the film's energy, keeping the audience somewhat off-kilter and unsure where things are headed.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    When The Departed roars to life, as it does in so many of its scenes, you feel like nobody understands movies -- the delirious highs, the unforgiving moral depths -- as well as this man does. Welcome back, Marty.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roberto Sadovski

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie works smashingly, especially if you haven't seen its Hong Kong counterpart and haven't a clue what's coming. But for all its snap, crackle, and pop, it's nowhere near as galvanic emotionally.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Frequently excessive but never dull, The Departed is a little too much of a lot of the things that define Martin Scorsese films but it's also almost impossible to resist. 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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    What helps make The Departed at once a success and a relief isn't that the director of "Kundun," Mr. Scorsese's deeply felt film about the Dalai Lama, is back on the mean streets where he belongs; what's at stake here is the film and the filmmaking, not the director's epic importance.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Crackles right along, stopping only long enough for Scorsese's signature bursts of explosive violence. Those brawls feel a bit rote, but what's different here is a newfound playful humor.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Denby

    Not one of Scorsese's greatest films; it doesn't use the camera to reveal the psychological and aesthetic dimensions of an entire world, as "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," and "Goodfellas" did. But it's a viciously merry, violent, high-wattage entertainment, and speech is the most brazenly flamboyant element in it.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The Departed exists in a movie-place about as far from personal statements as a storied director can get. Maybe those days for Scorsese are long gone. But Scorsese's sense of craft remains sure.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    There's no attempt at greatness here, just a fabulously successful attempt at a good crime movie. The Oscar-bait self-consciousness of "Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator" is gone. In its place is a buoyancy, an impish delight in telling a harsh urban story in the most effective terms possible.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    This isn't to say The Departed is a bad movie, far from it, but knowing who's directing it and the amount of talent he had to work with, it's hard not to be disappointed that Scorsese didn't knock us on our asses. Is it his best movie since "Goodfellas?" Sure, but it falls shy of that film's excellence.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It's nice to see Scorsese back in the saddle and a treat to find a cops-and-robbers thriller with some energy and wit. But even so, 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.

    Slate Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The Departed is completely engrossing, a master class in suspense. But in moral terms it may be the least involving story that Scorsese -- an artist much preoccupied with morality -- has ever taken on.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Rarely has a star's look-at-me turn so completely torpedoed a project. Whenever the picture threatens to gain some momentum, up pops Jack to stop it dead in its tracks. The loyal few may be laughing with him, but the rest of us are definitely laughing at him.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Neither a debacle nor a bore, The Departed works but only up to a point, and never emotionally--even if the director does contrive to supply his version of a happy ending.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Scorsese in his prime might've made better use of this hamming, but this picture feels like an exercise by a Scorsese clone who has tackled the master's themes - without his energy and economy of style.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Stanley Kauffmann

    Is Scorsese desperate? This screenplay has the scent of it, as if he is scraping for material to feed his basic filmic interests. But the risk in this case--not evaded--was that his need led him close to painful strain. I can't remember another Scorsese moment as shockingly banal as the finishing touch here.

    The New Republic Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The screenplay, by William Monahan, is simply sensational. Scenes play brilliantly. Feelings flow like molten lava. The dialogue overflows with edgy wit and acidulous arias of imprecation.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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