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Donnie Brasco Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 100

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Pacino cans the showboating bluster and gives a gently nuanced portrait of a simple man in decline.

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Perhaps the most impressive thing that Newell has done with Donnie Brasco is to cull an atypically low-key and introspective performance from Al Pacino, an actor known for manic, scenery-chewing efforts.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The violence in this movie is gruesome (a scene involving the disposal of bodies is particularly graphic). But the movie has many human qualities and contains what will be remembered as one of Pacino's finest scenes.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    It's the electric interplay between Pacino and Depp that will make it a Mob movie classic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Decent mob movie, but not meant for children.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains scenes of bloody violence and gunplay. Aside from "purely" criminal acts, there are depictions of physical abuse within families and a racially motivated attack. The characters use strong language throughout the film, smoke, drink, and deal drugs. One suffers an overdose off-screen.

  • Families can talk about Donnie's divided loyalty. Ostensibly, it is between the mob and the FBI, but is it that simple? Who else is he answerable to, and in the end, which group does he really side with? Have you ever been in a situation where your loyalty to a friend has been tested, particularly when a friend has done something very wrong?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Bloody violence and gunplay.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking, drinking, drugs.