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The Departed

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Hong Kong, United States · 2006
2h 31m
Director Martin Scorsese
Starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. When both sides discover there's a mole among them, the two men struggle to avoid detection and continue collecting intelligence.

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Empire by

Back to the streets and with a stellar cast, Martin Scorsese proves once again that he's the master of urban storytelling -- and of thrillingly violent filmmaking.


Newsweek by David Ansen

The Departed is Scorsese's most purely enjoyable movie in years. But it's not for the faint of heart. It's rude, bleak, violent and defiantly un-PC. But if you doubt that it's also OK to laugh throughout this rat's nest of paranoia, deceit and bloodshed, keep your eyes on the final frames. Scorsese's parting shot is an uncharacteristic, but well-earned, wink.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

The movie works smashingly, especially if you haven't seen its Hong Kong counterpart and haven't a clue what's coming. But for all its snap, crackle, and pop, it's nowhere near as galvanic emotionally.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

A triumphant revisiting of territory in which Scorsese is an unchallenged master -- the crime drama.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Neither a debacle nor a bore, The Departed works but only up to a point, and never emotionally--even if the director does contrive to supply his version of a happy ending.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

The original film was gritty and entertaining ("Infernal Affairs"); the new version is a masterpiece - the best effort Scorsese has brought to the screen since "Goodfellas."


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.


Variety by Todd McCarthy

This reworking of a popular Hong Kong picture pulses with energy, tangy dialogue and crackling performances from a fine cast.

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