The Departed Synopsis
An undercover cop gains a mobster's confidence, while a career criminal infiltrates the police.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Five Word Review

By redyeah
Legendary cast going all out....

The Departed

By ironman15
this is a kick *** movie. great action. Leonardo DiCaprio,Matt Damon,Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg were all awesome. very good story line. this movie is top 5 gangster movies of all time. just a...

The Departed

By seanroberts89
Martin Scorsese has really outdone himself with this crime masterpiece that can only be described as a tour de force film that packs one hell of a punch. Leonardo DiCaprio is at the top of his game...

Awesome, must see!

By minski72
This movie was awesome. I bought the dvd and had everyone in my family watch it. It was intense from the beginnig to end. The cast selected was perfect....

The Departed Movie Review

By Asianfreak
100 out of 100 The epic gundown with Jack Dawson, The Bourne Man, and the Joker in the thrilling, excellently entertaining gangster film of all motherf****** time!...

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By kay2u
The Departed is one of the best movies EVER! Damon was pretty good, Jack Nicholsan as good as always, Martin Sheen and Alac Baldwin and Mark Whalberg were gr8, and Leonardo DiCaprio was awesome! Also...

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GREAT MOVIEEEE!!

By D77_77Y
One of the best movies I have ever watched. All-Star cast and each used to their full potential. Martin Scorsese=Genius!...

This is what we're lookin' for right here.

By DrewGuru
Finally, a good solid storyline with an exciting conclusion that no one could predict....

It's good movie with Voilence

By Naga satya 777
I liked, but did not love, this movie. I thought it was really interesting, but, as you'd expect, it's a little strange. And, through no fault of the movie, it seemed to fall into that same genre...

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Rated R | For strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Violent, well-done thriller. Not for kids.
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