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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56

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  1. 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
    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. Expand
  2. 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.
  3. 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".
  4. 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. 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
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  6. 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
  7. 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.
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    really liked the Hong-Kong back drop in this & some really good cinematography. Expand
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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.