Donnie Brasco
Donnie Brasco (1997)

This drama about an undercover cop who learns the hidden dangers of working his way inside the mob was based on a true story. Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI agent who is given an assignment to infiltrate the Mafia; calling himself… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A stark, nuanced portrait of life in organized crime, bolstered by strong performances from Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

Todd McCarthy

Although perhaps familiar in its outer trappings, Pacino's fine work is the key to the film succeeding to the extent that it does.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A first-class Mafia thriller that is also, in its way, a love story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gritty and humorous crime drama about an undercover cop infiltrating the Mafia.

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Time Out

A tense, sharp and compelling character study, Newell's film is a worthy addition to the Mob-movie canon.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

In the tired figure of Lefty, manifest in the craggy icon of Pacino, our sympathies are definitely enlisted, and the theme rings a poignant note.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Depp's tight, guarded performance is almost painful to watch, and Newell seems to have reined in the flamboyant Pacino, whose portrait of the mobster as a grumpy old man may be his best work in years.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Pacino and Depp are a match made in acting heaven, riffing off each other with astonishing subtlety and wit.


It's tempting to think Pacino stopped trying sometime in the mid-1980s. But watch Lefty's elegiac final scene and you might conclude that it's not Al's ability that's dimmed, rather it's the imagination of casting directors that's grown stale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Alvarez
I'm over a decade and a half late, but I finally watched Donnie Brasco. Went in not knowing a clue about who or what the movie was about, but afterwards I… More
Melvin White
Lefty: How many times have I had you in my house? If you're a rat, then I'm the biggest mutt in the history of the Mafia.  "Donnie Brasco. Based… More
Albert Kim
WOO! A breath of fresh air. After a recommendation from a good friend of mine -- yup, I'm talking to you Rottentomatoes buddy ;) -- "Donnie… More
Lady D'arbanville
A good film which I re-watched recently. Undercover cop who gets close to Gangsters
xGary Xx
Undercover FBI agent Johnny Depp is taken under the wing of low level mobster Al Pacino and soon finds that the lines between his work and his personal life… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A mob buddy movie ... only one of our buds is a rat. Pacino delivers another stellar, complex and surprising performance as a blue collar mobster. Depp too… More