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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Reviews & comments

Watch if there's nothing else on

Some solid acting as to be expected, but with a wealth of good movies in cinemas now, you're better putting your dollar elsewhere. Doesn't really get off the ground.

2.0
0

Black Mass

In my mind Black Mass is kind of similar to American Hustle - it has an element of intrigue and a wonderful cast of talented actors but it's plot is dragged out and weirdly predictable. I think the source material is partly to blame for the pacing and structure as it is based on true events. Johnny Depp is pretty good in this film, which has become harder...

3.0
0

Out of his Depp-th?

There’s a large shadow looming over every scene of director Scott (‘Out of the Furnace’) Cooper’s ‘Black Mass’, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese. As a gangster movie, it struggles to escape the weight of Scorsese’s classic crime thriller, ‘Goodfellas’, whilst in its lead it never evades the memory of Jack Nicholson in Scorseses’s ‘The Departed’....

3.0
0

About time Johnny got his game on!

With performances like this, I get reminded of Johnny Depp's talent and popularity. His solid performance in this movie shows off his serious side. Which is a relief! As lately, he's been choosing some seriously stupid characters to play. Whhhy!? Too try hard for my liking and definitely not the cool I know possible from this man! Definitely a watch for...

3.0
0

Black Listed

A great performance by Depp - not over the top but restrained and human but again it is a gangster film in the same vein as Legend - merely a acting showcase for the main stars instead of being coupled with a riveting story as well.

3.0
0

Black Mass

I thought this film was incredibly flat. It was extremely repetitive and I can't help but think if they had taken a different approach to telling his story that it could have been much more successful. Props to Johnny Depp though as his acting was the most captivating part.

2.0
0

Great performance

First of all I was quite aware of the Bulger story. I watched a documentary on it. I also things about the story on a special features dvd of The Departed. Anyway. The film is about James Whitey Bulger and his involvement with the FBI. I will say the performance from Depp is chilling. Even guys who worked with Whitey were blown away. Depp personifies evil,...

5.0
0

Bland Mass

Its not good. It's boring, bland with ridiculous over the top performances from everyone involved, covered in awful makeup, wearing awful wigs, speaking with ridiculous accents, with characters that go nowhere.

1.0
0

Depp is Black!

James 'Whitey' Bulger is a name that I was unfamiliar with and even when I was sitting in the cinema, waiting for the film to begin, Boston's most infamous Irish mob boss was still an unknown quantity. This ignorance in the criminal Kingpin actually worked in my favour, allowing me to sit back and enjoy the film without trying to compare Depp's portrayal of...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

press

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

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

4.0
0
SBS

SBS

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Depp shines in a solid gangster biopic.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

4.0
0
SBS

SBS

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Depp shines in a solid gangster biopic.

0

Watch if there's nothing else on

Some solid acting as to be expected, but with a wealth of good movies in cinemas now, you're better putting your dollar elsewhere. Doesn't really get off the ground.

2.0
0

Black Mass

In my mind Black Mass is kind of similar to American Hustle - it has an element of intrigue and a wonderful cast of talented actors but it's plot is dragged out and weirdly predictable. I think the source material is partly to blame for the pacing and structure as it is based on true events. Johnny Depp is pretty good in this film, which has become...

3.0
0

Out of his Depp-th?

There’s a large shadow looming over every scene of director Scott (‘Out of the Furnace’) Cooper’s ‘Black Mass’, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese. As a gangster movie, it struggles to escape the weight of Scorsese’s classic crime thriller, ‘Goodfellas’, whilst in its lead it never evades the memory of Jack Nicholson in Scorseses’s ‘The Departed’....

3.0
0

About time Johnny got his game on!

With performances like this, I get reminded of Johnny Depp's talent and popularity. His solid performance in this movie shows off his serious side. Which is a relief! As lately, he's been choosing some seriously stupid characters to play. Whhhy!? Too try hard for my liking and definitely not the cool I know possible from this man! Definitely a watch for...

3.0
0

Black Listed

A great performance by Depp - not over the top but restrained and human but again it is a gangster film in the same vein as Legend - merely a acting showcase for the main stars instead of being coupled with a riveting story as well.

3.0
0

Black Mass

I thought this film was incredibly flat. It was extremely repetitive and I can't help but think if they had taken a different approach to telling his story that it could have been much more successful. Props to Johnny Depp though as his acting was the most captivating part.

2.0
0

Great performance

First of all I was quite aware of the Bulger story. I watched a documentary on it. I also things about the story on a special features dvd of The Departed. Anyway. The film is about James Whitey Bulger and his involvement with the FBI. I will say the performance from Depp is chilling. Even guys who worked with Whitey were blown away. Depp personifies...

5.0
0

Bland Mass

Its not good. It's boring, bland with ridiculous over the top performances from everyone involved, covered in awful makeup, wearing awful wigs, speaking with ridiculous accents, with characters that go nowhere.

1.0
0

Depp is Black!

James 'Whitey' Bulger is a name that I was unfamiliar with and even when I was sitting in the cinema, waiting for the film to begin, Boston's most infamous Irish mob boss was still an unknown quantity. This ignorance in the criminal Kingpin actually worked in my favour, allowing me to sit back and enjoy the film without trying to compare Depp's portrayal...

4.0
0