Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Departed Reviews

5.0

86

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger 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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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe 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

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterKirk Honeycutt

    A ferociously entertaining film.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyLisa 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

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia 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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