Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Departed" Is Best Reviewed Wide Release of 2006

by | October 5, 2006 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got cops and robbers in Boston ("The Departed," starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon), chainsaw massacres in Texas ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning," starring Jordana Brewster), and retail employees in New Mexico ("Employee of the Month," starring Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook). What do the critics have to say?

Is Martin Scorsese America’s greatest living filmmaker? He’s certainly bolstering his case with "The Departed." The film, which is a loose remake of the Hong Kong thriller "Infernal Affairs," tells the story of two moles, one of whom (DiCaprio) a cop undercover within a Boston crime family led by Jack Nicholson, and the other (Damon) a hood who has infiltrated the police department. Critics say Scorsese has created a crime drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality that infused such past triumphs as "GoodFellas," with outstanding work from an excellent cast. At 96 percent on the Tomatometer, "The Departed" may signify a new arrival for the master director; Scorsese’s best reviewed wide release since "GoodFellas." And it’s not only Certified Fresh, but it’s also the best reviewed wide release of the year.


"Wait a minute… you’re telling me I ripped that ‘how do you like them apples’ line off from you?"

The lives of wage slaves are often grist for the cinema’s mill, whether comic ("Clerks"), dramatic ("One Hour Photo") or both ("The Good Girl"). Now comes "Employee of the Month," starring Cook as a slacker at a Costco-like box store who whips himself into shape when attractive new hire (Simpson) comes on board. Critics say the movie has a few good laughs, but Cook and Simpson lack chemistry, and the film doesn’t do much beyond showing employee antics. At 25 percent on the Tomatometer, audiences may want to hire a different "Employee."


"And these are called ‘numbers.’ I know, it’s confusing."

For horror fans who are interested in the origin of Leatherface, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" provides some back story on the Lone Star State’s scariest resident. It also provides oodles of gore, and a style reminiscent of the original. Unfortunately, the critics say it doesn’t provide enough scares to make the experience worthwhile. The plot involves a group of young adults headed to Mexico for a good time before two brothers go to fight in Vietnam; naturally, Leatherface curtails their enjoyment in a hurry. The scribes say the film is a little too rote, and at 14 percent on the Tomatometer, this "Chainsaw" doesn’t cut very deep. (Read RT’s interview with director Jonathan Liebesman here.)


"The unsuspecting teenagers wail/ along the trail/ deep in the heart of Texas"

Also opening this week in limited release: "Blood Tea and Red String," a handmade stop-motion fairy tale 13 years in the making, is at 100 percent on the Tomatometer; "So Goes the Nation," a documentary about the 2004 election season in Ohio, is at 100 percent; "49 Up," the latest in Michael Apted‘s remarkable documentary series about growing and changing in England, is at 94 percent; "Black Gold," a documentary about the global effects of the coffee trade, is at 88 percent; "Little Children," a tale of suburban angst starring Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Connelly, is at 79 percent; "Shortbus," John Cameron Mitchell‘s warmhearted exploration of unconventional sexuality, is at 68 percent; and "Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner," a documentary about the eponymous Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning scribe, is at 55 percent. And "The Queen," which is expanding this week, is at 98 percent, making it the third best reviewed limited release of the year.


"Blood Tea and Red String":"The King of Cartoons!"

Recent Martin Scorsese Movies:
—————————————
92% — No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)
89% — The Aviator (2004)
77% — Gangs of New York (2002)
100% — My Voyage to Italy (2001)
72% — Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

Texas Chainsaw Massacres:
———————————-
86% — The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
50% — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
23% — Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (1989)
16% — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
37% — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Best Reviewed Wide Releases Of 2006
————————————-
(Releases with at least 40 reviews)
96% — The Departed
93% — Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
93% — Little Miss Sunshine
90% — United 93
88% — Inside Man
84% — Akeelah and the Bee
83% — Slither
83% — The Descent
80% — A Prairie Home Companion
78% — The Devil Wears Prada

Best Reviewed Limited Releases Of 2006
—————————————
(Releases with at least 40 reviews)
98% — Kekexeli: Mountain Patrol
98% — The War Tapes
98% — The Queen
96% — Army of Shadows
95% — Wordplay
93% — Fateless
93% — Little Miss Sunshine
92% — The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
92% — An Inconvenient Truth
92% — Lassie

Tag Cloud

period drama revenge rom-coms remakes medical drama toy story Legendary Martial Arts politics PBS GoT canceled zero dark thirty free movies crime sequel Black Mirror target Rocketman versus Spectrum Originals OneApp rotten movies we love Turner Mary Tyler Moore classics archives Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Discovery Channel LGBTQ Cartoon Network FX Sci-Fi ID Teen Sneak Peek Video Games mission: impossible crime drama reboot series sports Disney Plus 99% south america obituary mockumentary TV One popular Sundance TV facebook Calendar crime thriller Kids & Family italian Opinion TLC Columbia Pictures TIFF franchise The Academy ghosts Travel Channel Podcast Avengers WGN Fantasy cops cars Spike SundanceTV The Witch 93rd Oscars Thanksgiving true crime BET spain international Superheroe disaster Star Trek Disney streaming service police drama Crunchyroll Winners live action TBS Apple TV+ E! Tokyo Olympics Drama video on demand President marvel cinematic universe biography VICE Lucasfilm casting travel video 20th Century Fox Disney GIFs ITV Bravo cinemax indiana jones The Purge Disney+ Disney Plus historical drama dramedy Elton John Christmas Awards Tour batman Writers Guild of America Cannes streaming movies child's play universal monsters robots 2019 Cosplay CBS 2016 Sony Pictures festivals Captain marvel Star Wars RT History what to watch Oscars TV renewals cartoon HBO Max Reality Competition blockbuster talk show stop motion Super Bowl Warner Bros. olympics Anna Paquin dc FXX MSNBC Baby Yoda The Walt Disney Company saw The Walking Dead mutant fresh 2015 tv talk Mindy Kaling Paramount Plus miniseries NBA trailers venice History werewolf sag awards space Chernobyl technology based on movie romantic comedy breaking bad Apple TV Plus Shudder Epix elevated horror all-time MCU Lionsgate 24 frames heist movie hispanic aliens nfl Western Black History Month concert Holiday 2017 YA Year in Review Musical kong new zealand MTV Winter TV australia Starz know your critic superhero Logo cancelled TV shows CMT comic books Endgame DC streaming service Photos Countdown IFC Films AMC Ovation richard e. Grant green book Wes Anderson docudrama CW Seed Awards NYCC anime blockbusters toronto Universal a nightmare on elm street new star wars movies SXSW IFC doctor who science fiction golden globe awards zombie Alien Marvel Studios Biopics dceu TV Land Image Comics cooking latino transformers comedies 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards superman Tumblr LGBT finale anthology spinoff TruTV critics A24 Mystery DGA james bond boxing Infographic theme song basketball animated 007 Television Critics Association Comedy Central Quiz WarnerMedia Best and Worst Pop adaptation Hulu jamie lee curtis justice league godzilla prank name the review ViacomCBS Red Carpet 45 Marvel Television independent twilight Classic Film dogs Syfy crossover new york monster movies Schedule FX on Hulu E3 comiccon game show Rock TCA Awards Tarantino BET Awards Sundance Now NBC Marathons Trophy Talk CBS All Access criterion vampires Trailer comics kids streaming Tubi japanese rotten Trivia 2018 supernatural jurassic park women foreign asian-american 2021 Character Guide Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Freeform worst movies reviews stoner die hard thriller Shondaland Spring TV ABC Family Horror king kong Marvel teaser Amazon kaiju boxoffice Valentine's Day psycho social media book HBO Go suspense Nat Geo worst 90s Women's History Month 21st Century Fox Crackle spider-man First Reviews lord of the rings Emmys Netflix cancelled ABC telelvision Music hollywood YouTube Red hidden camera quibi cancelled TV series Country slashers First Look Pop TV Set visit RT21 football TV SDCC Creative Arts Emmys FOX Action screen actors guild GLAAD movies news Paramount Funimation best Song of Ice and Fire comic Hear Us Out 1990s Showtime dark Ellie Kemper Food Network Comedy Exclusive Video BBC One DC Comics directors A&E Film Festival Comics on TV Sundance rt archives Watching Series cancelled television Extras renewed TV shows Mudbound Comic-Con@Home 2021 Grammys Disney Channel Arrowverse docuseries DirecTV deadpool documentary VOD 2020 Certified Fresh Acorn TV Esquire Fall TV ratings Paramount Network scorecard Rom-Com Hallmark Netflix Christmas movies YouTube Premium television ESPN aapi El Rey Holidays Heroines Comic Book indie Adult Swim San Diego Comic-Con Masterpiece Animation dragons Premiere Dates YouTube Emmy Nominations Summer cats TCA VH1 adenture PlayStation spanish BBC America TNT Dark Horse Comics halloween blaxploitation joker ABC Signature Pirates psychological thriller Turner Classic Movies TCA 2017 discovery Tomatazos Box Office festival Mary Poppins Returns Amazon Prime National Geographic DC Universe sequels award winner USA Television Academy spy thriller Brie Larson scene in color Mary poppins Nominations Ghostbusters cults fast and furious BAFTA OWN Lifetime BBC emmy awards natural history war canceled TV shows Nickelodeon PaleyFest TCM serial killer french high school adventure stand-up comedy USA Network satire japan The CW movie Musicals Toys game of thrones halloween tv Britbox Rocky Fox News laika APB Binge Guide harry potter witnail golden globes screenings political drama Lifetime Christmas movies The Arrangement binge razzies children's TV Pride Month 72 Emmy Awards Academy Awards Vudu TCA Winter 2020 book adaptation Polls and Games hist Fox Searchlight black nature sitcom Election composers Family Pacific Islander pirates of the caribbean Amazon Studios unscripted TV movies films singing competition HBO See It Skip It romance Apple Pet Sematary Film scary movies X-Men New York Comic Con strong female leads Interview christmas movies CNN nbcuniversal parents Hallmark Christmas movies Pixar 71st Emmy Awards chucky American Society of Cinematographers Amazon Prime Video Walt Disney Pictures Broadway diversity Superheroes 4/20 Stephen King Reality zombies spanish language Peacock documentaries