100

Wall Street Journal

By 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.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A movie-movie of the first rank.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A ferociously entertaining film.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By 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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a movie with a pulse. Sometimes, it flies off the chart.
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88

Boston Globe

By 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.
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88

USA Today

By 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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By 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.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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