Infernal Affairs

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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 24 out of 82
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  1. Terry
    Apr 30, 2007
    10
    I liked this one better. People don't realize that the Departed is a remake of the Infernal Affairs trilogy. The Departed does take sources from IA 2 and 3. To say that this movie is a rough draft of Departed is downright insulting. WIthout this movie, there goes the Departed as well as Scorsese's career. This movie is much better. The characters are more interesting and this I liked this one better. People don't realize that the Departed is a remake of the Infernal Affairs trilogy. The Departed does take sources from IA 2 and 3. To say that this movie is a rough draft of Departed is downright insulting. WIthout this movie, there goes the Departed as well as Scorsese's career. This movie is much better. The characters are more interesting and this film has more soul than the American counterpart. A much better thriller overall. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2011
    8
    A artistically bizarre, action packed movie that has the untouchable tension between its characters. In my opinion, "Internal Affairs" is better than the American version of the movie, "The Departed".
  3. Burns
    Feb 27, 2007
    10
    Excellent! Pity it got a pathetic carbon copy.
  4. VinceH.
    Sep 26, 2004
    10
    This is still the best of the 3. I liked this film so much I purchased VCD's of the sequels and was highly dissapointed. IA2 was great, but IA3 was just sad and tired, sorta reminded me of what "Godfather 3" did to the legacy of the first 2. See this one before the American screw-up...oh I'm sorry, I meant remake.
  5. ArnoldH.
    Oct 2, 2004
    10
    What a terrific movie! After a somewhat confusing beginning, this movie draws you in with an unrelenting power, and builds to a startling climax. Never before has the theme of the similarity betweem criminals and cops been so forcefully portrayed. Not to be missed!
  6. Stu
    Sep 25, 2004
    10
    What a film! It starts with the premise/story, and this one is a great one. The cinematography, the acting, the directing is right on. This is being remade by Hollywood, and has the chance to be a great film here too, but Hollywood's track record on reamkes is not alwaysa the best. So let's hope!
  7. JDavis
    Apr 8, 2006
    10
    The first half of the movie introduces the characters and builds a strong plot, while the second half of the movie is a rollercoaster fulls of twists and suprises.
  8. CongaT.
    Oct 6, 2006
    9
    A masterpiece of storyline, cinematography and characterization. A bit of overacting gives it not a perfect ten but nothing real is perfect in this life.
  9. [Anonymous]
    Dec 18, 2004
    10
    One of the best movies i'd ever watched (and im very critical of movies). Its THAT good.
  10. Aug 19, 2010
    9
    Undercover cop works as henchman for gangster, new man is brought in to Internal Affairs to find mole in Police Department, paths cross, deceit & a right hullabaloo.
    Riveting thriller with an excellent story, brilliantly acted & played out.
    I had seen The Departed (Western remake) before this so expected the twists & turns throughout but both films do stand-up in their own right. Also
    Undercover cop works as henchman for gangster, new man is brought in to Internal Affairs to find mole in Police Department, paths cross, deceit & a right hullabaloo.
    Riveting thriller with an excellent story, brilliantly acted & played out.
    I had seen The Departed (Western remake) before this so expected the twists & turns throughout but both films do stand-up in their own right.
    Also really liked the Hong-Kong back drop in this & some really good cinematography.
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  11. Aug 29, 2010
    10
    Probably the best Hong Kong film ever. A perfect combination of commercial and art.

    And, being a Chinese, this film means so much to us. It revived the industry and set up a new set of standards there.

    10 /10
  12. Sep 22, 2012
    8
    The film that got Scorsese his first Oscar is a remake of this wonderful film, a very perplex and masterfully weaved chess match of wit and ingenuity. The scenario deserves all possible accolades and the directing is very sharp indeed.
  13. Nov 8, 2010
    9
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  14. Sep 16, 2011
    9
    Je savais que Les Infiltrés était le remake de cet Infernal Affairs, mais jamais je n'aurais pensé que le film de Martin Scorsese en était la copie conforme (la moindre scène a été refaite dans le film américain). De ce fait, cela m'a paru bizarre de regarder ce film hongkongais. MaisJe savais que Les Infiltrés était le remake de cet Infernal Affairs, mais jamais je n'aurais pensé que le film de Martin Scorsese en était la copie conforme (la moindre scène a été refaite dans le film américain). De ce fait, cela m'a paru bizarre de regarder ce film hongkongais. Mais heureusement, cela ne m'a pas empêcher d'admirer ce thriller à ça juste valeur! Entrainant, passionnant, haletant, mise en scène avec brio, des personnages interprétés avec talent... C'est sûr, je préfère légèrement Les Infiltrés, de part l'immense talent de Scorsese. Mais Infernal Affairs n'est pas à oublier de si tôt non plus! Expand
  15. Feb 17, 2014
    9
    To compare the Departed with Infernal Affairs is insane. While the story is almost mirror, the style of direction and the cast could not be more night and day. Mainly because there are two different cultures at play here. The Chinese and the U.S.

    @DanB. Learn your history. Hong Kong was once a British colony and their entire judicial and law enforcement system is based on the British
    To compare the Departed with Infernal Affairs is insane. While the story is almost mirror, the style of direction and the cast could not be more night and day. Mainly because there are two different cultures at play here. The Chinese and the U.S.

    @DanB. Learn your history. Hong Kong was once a British colony and their entire judicial and law enforcement system is based on the British hence the bagpipes. HK is also an international hub so naturally there's a lot of English. While the majority of HK are Chinese people, they still hold do things the way the British taught them.
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Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Sun
    80
    Driven by two great performances surrounded by solid supporting acts, Infernal Affairs is the rare testosterone movie that is also mature and thoughtful.
  2. 40
    The directors, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, manage to convince us that we have witnessed an action movie, although in fact the quantity of violence is so minimal that, under Hong Kong law, Infernal Affairs barely qualifies as a motion picture.
  3. 88
    Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.