The Departed
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Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young cop looking to make a name for himself in the world of law enforcement. Collin… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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/Vulture
"Rude, profane, clever, hilarious, engrossing, crowd-pleasing, ridiculously entertaining."
‑ Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade
"[The Departed] showcases Scorsese's trademark themes of sin, betrayal and redemption. It's a carefully calibrated and detailed film that takes its time establishing the characters' complex histories."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Sub-par gangster fodder."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"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, The New Republic
"As cop thrillers go, this is the best in quite a while."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"The Departed is not for the faint of heart. But scaredy-cats are going to miss a tremendously satisfying film, one that will have you leaving the theater saying, "Now, that was a movie.""
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"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."
‑ , Total Film
"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
"[A] glorious mess of a movie."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"I think GoodFellas leaves this for dead, absolutely for dead."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Radio Times
"An expertly-crafted genre thriller which stands a chance at becoming one of his biggest box office hits yet."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
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