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Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 75
  2. Negative: 10 out of 75

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  1. Sep 27, 2014
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  6. Sep 26, 2014
    A below average mob movie. The acting is alright nothing amazing, and the movie has no epic scenes
    like Scarface, Casino, Goodfellas and The Untouchables does.
  7. Sep 26, 2014
    Skip this mob movie basically. There is some fun scenes but overall the movie lacks depth and action.
  8. Sep 26, 2014
    The least exciting mob movie of them all, the cast is great but they don't give riveting roles.
  9. Sep 26, 2014
    One my least favourite Pacino roles and Depp is average in the movie, very disappointing mob movie.
  10. Sep 26, 2014
    A very monotonous mob drama that has little action and intrigue unfortunately.
  11. Jul 29, 2014
    This one took me a little bit to get into and I was unimpressed, but once it got me, it completely got me. Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, and Michael Madsen, are all fantastic in this one. Ultimately, this one is a gangster film that does a really good job developing the characters and making them all very human. By the end, you can see why Depp's character is going through the things he is and the conflict he is facing. In addition, though you know Pacino and Madsen are bad men, you feel a ton of sympathy for them. That is a key to the success of many films and this one completely nails making us care and feel for the characters, no matter how bad of a person they may be. In addition, the development these characters go through in two hours is great and feels like a good representation of the true story behind this one. My only complaint here was the beginning, in which the development happened at the snap of a finger and seemed a little rapid and unlikely. I feel like they probably skipped over some information there, which is too bad. However, as a whole, this one is very good and a good depiction of what really happened minus some small inaccuracies. A great showcase for the talents of Depp, Pacino, and Madsen, for sure. Expand
  12. Apr 13, 2014
    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.
  13. Mar 28, 2014
    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.
  14. Feb 20, 2014
    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
  15. Jan 31, 2014
    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.
  16. Nov 28, 2012
    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.
  17. Aug 1, 2012
    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.
  18. Sep 1, 2010
    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.

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
    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.