Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
Watch On
  1. 88
    It overflows with a combustible blend of street sensitivity and testosterone.
  2. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    83
    Edward Norton is in top form as Ray, a burned-out detective whose investigation into the deaths of four cops leads him to suspect his brother-in-law, Officer Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell, also terrific).
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. BobG.
    Mar 6, 2009
    3
    Wow, this movie was bad - any episode of the wire - even without any backstory, is better than this !! The first 10 min is back to back Wow, this movie was bad - any episode of the wire - even without any backstory, is better than this !! The first 10 min is back to back swearing, seemingly to make up for zero action ( in fact the whole film fails in that regard ). The plot is thin and contrived. The acting and direction are "OK". It doesn't have an ending. This is so far away from the Departed I wish it had never ... "arrived". If you thought that was bad; watch this. Full Review »
  2. JohnH
    Feb 14, 2009
    5
    I didn't like this movie. Edward Norton's performance was good but I found the movie to move too slowly.
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    6
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, but this wasn't this.

    There were a lot of characters, with minimum introductions. Many
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, but this wasn't this.

    There were a lot of characters, with minimum introductions. Many stories, many shades, some with more purpose than the others.

    The story was good, but the execution pretty poor: the beginning was jumpy and a bit confusing, and the jumpiness never really stopped. Some agendas were quite clear - the rest, not so much. All in all the movie seemed very restless, pushing forward when it maybe should have taken a moment to calm down a little.

    The acting was good, but not overwhelmingly so; lots of good actors who didn't get to shine as much as I would have liked them to.

    In general, there's action and some violence, but it all drowns in the inability to keep the story together and running smoothly. The themes move around family, dirty cops, and what is the right thing to do when you could either lose everything you have worked for, or look the other way. And some people never look the other way.
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