Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 27, 2014
    100
    What makes Joe Berlinger’s riveting new true crime doc Whitey: The United States vs. James J. Bulger such an eye-opener is that it isn’t just about a bad guy who did bad things, but the layers of corruption and moral ambiguity that stacked up on both side of the law.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    Jun 27, 2014
    91
    With minimal conspiratorial bluster, Berlinger unmasks the compliant faces of evil.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Mar 27, 2014
    91
    Although Berlinger’s latest work is a dense, unsparing look at the offenses and trial of Whitey Bulger, it's equally concerned with capturing how the many members of Bulger's expansive web -- criminals and innocent citizens alike -- use their experiences to control their version of the man.
  4. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Jun 27, 2014
    88
    The real question of culpability that provides an element of suspense here, ironically, concerns not the obvious baddies but the ostensible good guys.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 11, 2014
    83
    Berlinger is after more than a true crime recounting here – the film attempts to explain, often lucidly, sometimes laboriously, how deeply entrenched Bulger was with the FBI and the police.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 28, 2014
    6
    Of course the movie is interesting, when you look at the number of books written about Bulger you can tell the public loves this guy, well at least they like hearing about the things he did. But the movie did come up short in one respect: the writer at the end hit it right on the head when he said that they could've indicted 12 FBI agents, where are they? I think an Errol Morris would've dug a little deeper, it couldn't been that hard to find the agents under suspicion and at least ask a question or two on camera. Not too deep but quite riveting at times. Full Review »