Black Mass

Black Mass

Black Mass

Johnny Depp leads this true crime drama as Whitey Bulger, the ruthless South Boston criminal who sought to take down an invading Mafia family by becoming an FBI informant. From the director of Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton.

Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello character in Scorsese's The Departed was loosely based on Bulger, currently in jail for multiple murders.

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language123 minsUSA
CrimeDramaTrue Story & Biography

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Black Mass / Reviews

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Given the title of the film and tone of the trailer, I was expecting something a bit more sinister from Black Mass, the story of Irish-American mobster Whitey Bulger’s “unholy alliance” with the FBI during the 1970s. Instead, the film ends up feeling like a cover version of previous crime dramas, with only a few moments that truly unsettle.

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Variety

Variety

Depp does career-best work as notorious Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger in Scott Cooper's taut, elegantly understated crime drama.

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Time Out

Time Out

Depp is more engaging than he's been in years, even if his performance can feel a little restricted and one-note.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

I'm as susceptible as any other deskbound, conflict-averse fantasist to the visceral appeal of a good gangster movie. But "Black Mass" isn't one.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A big, brash, horribly watchable gangster picture taken from an extraordinary true story and conceived on familiar generic lines.

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SBS

SBS

The steady flow of sour deals, minor slights avenged, and prostitutes that require beating to death begin to wear on one's attention.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A bleak, claustrophobic based-on-fact film that draws us completely into a dark world of crime and complicity.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Depp shines in a solid gangster biopic.

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