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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57

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  1. Apr 13, 2014
    7
    An al-round solid film. Although there isn't much action and the typical gangster movie stuff, the story and characters were developed so well. You could really see things from their point of view. Although there's no excitement or note-worthy scenes, there aren't any boring or unnecessary parts either.
  2. Mar 28, 2014
    9
    Best mob movie I've seen. Brilliant cast, good plot, interesting and touching. Kept me hooked from start to finish. I would definitely would recommend watching this.
  3. Feb 20, 2014
    8
    One of the main themes of "Donnie Brasco" is the way people affect each other and relationships, and in that case it succeeds completely. But the place where this drama fails is excitement. It is very sophisticated with many different moods (dark, satirical, etc.) and a superb script, but there's not that much suspense in the movie. This movie would've been an almost perfect blend of these elements had there been some of said suspense in its climax and critical moments. Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2014
    10
    This is Johnny Depp's best film. And De Niro's too. Portrayal was on the spot. Their portrayal was very good that you forgot each actors' identity. You get lost into their character.

    Also I would like to point the very accurate depiction. It's like I'm watching a documentary or I was part of the federal surveillance team.

    Nice classic film.
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    Donnie Brasco is an excellently acted true-story mafia flick. The only slight problem with the movie is a general lack of excitement. Donnie Brasco never feels dangerous. It totally succeeds through the power of it's relationships, however.
  6. Aug 1, 2012
    8
    Based on a true story, Donnie Brasco subverts the glamour and scope of other successful gangster films for a more focused narrative, and the result is a very personal and effective film. The film follows a young FBI agent (Johnny Depp), as he manages to infiltrate a mafia faction through one of its veteran soldiers, Lefty (Al Pacino).
    The growing bond between Pacino and Depp's characters
    plays out beautifully, with both leads giving subtle and low-key, but brilliant performances. The dialogue is witty and sharp, and delivered near-perfectly by the vast majority of the cast.
    One element of the film that wasn't so effective was the subplot involving Depp's deteriorating relationship with his wife and family. These scenes seemed necessary, but in my opinion were a little clunky in their execution. While there were some scenes that could have been shortened or cut out entirely (the film coming in to a lengthy 150 minutes), overall Donnie Brasco is a fine gangster flick.
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  7. Sep 1, 2010
    7
    Forget about it!
    Al Pacino in one of his better roles (less over the top & a caricature like most of his later work), Johnny Depp great as usual & a very strong supporting cast with Michael Madsen, Anne Heche & Bruno Kirby.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 40
    Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony.
  2. 70
    Depp conveys his character's ambivalence and ambiguity with utter conviction, and though the annoying score tries to throw Pacino's monologues over the top, his persuasive, low-key performance puts the violins in their place.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The psychological dimensions of the story remain underrealized, but the loaded central premise and intimate focus the film sustains combine for a very involving and dramatic piece of crime lore.