The Departed
The Departed (2006)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast that includes Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality that has infused director Martin Scorsese's past triumphs.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Not only is The Departed not among the best of Scorsese's films; it's not even the best version of this film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

The Departed is an example of a cinematic master seeking to live up to the veneration with which he is regarded by his pupils.

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Bob Mondello

This crime thriller is a profane, blood-drenched joy to watch.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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?

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The dialogue crackles wittily and obscenely, and the set-pieces are superbly staged.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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

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Anthony Quinn

This has its moments - what Scorsese film does not? -- but over a two-and-a-half-hour stretch it huffs and puffs and still doesn't blow the house down.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This was a great movie from beginning tp the final minutes and than i felt rushed. Very rushed, Im not sure why but the final 30 minutes or so just were… More
Alice Shen
There are lots of things I didn't like about this movie, namely the entire cat-and-mouse plotline. How could neither Billy Costigan nor Collin Sullivan… More
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Liam Gadd
This is just too awesome.
xGary Xx
Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon are two cops; one is honest and taking part in appalling crimes while working undercover, the other corrupt acting under the… More