• Marcusff

    ★★★ Added by Marcusff

    Having recently inherited (what seems scarily like a) full collection of Al Pacino's roles on DVD, I revisited this for the first time since seeing it in 1997 as a keen but youthful cinema visitor.

    At the time, I was impressed, but how does it hold up now after nearly twenty years of mob stories on TV and Film and with the concept of the informant or undercover agent long since past saturation point?

    Surprisingly well.

    I'm not sure that…

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  • Nemo Munch

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Nemo Munch 22 Feb, 2015

    Mein zweitliebster Mafia Film nach GoodFellas! Egal wie oft ich ihn mir anschaue, er ist immer wieder auf's Neue fesselnd und faszinierend. Für mich ist Al Pacino hier in seiner absolut besten Rolle zu bewundern...und er hatte wahrlich viele beste Rollen. Michael Madsen als Sonny Black ist ebenfalls ein Fest...und selbst Johnny Depp, den ich leider in kaum einem Film ernst zu nehmen vermag und gar nicht gerne sehe, konnte mich (fast) überzeugen. So und nicht anders müssen in meiner Welt Mobster Filme gemacht sein!

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  • Jack Lunn

    ★★★★ Watched by Jack Lunn 21 Feb, 2015

    "FORGEDDABOUDIT"

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  • deadmanramsey

    ★★★ Added by deadmanramsey

    60/100

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  • willmoviefan97

    ★★★★½ Watched by willmoviefan97 01 Feb, 2015 2

    It lacks the vibrant punch of the greatest mob movies ever, and trends into cliche territory at times particularly with Depp's character's family conflicts, but thanks to a wonderful script, a gripping storyline, assured direction and two fantastic performances from Al Pacino & Johnny Depp (certainly one of his most subtle and best roles to date), "Donnie Brasco" is still one expectational mob film. I was completely drawn into the characters, and the back and forth between Depp & Pacino as well…

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  • David Smith

    ★★★★ Added by David Smith

    One of my favorite mob movies behind the staples of Goodfellas, Godfather 1, and Godfather 2, Donnie Brasco does a great job of showing what Goodfellas did: The working class of the mafia.

    Johnny Depp is fantastic as "Donnie Brasco", an undercover FBI agent sent to infiltrate the mob in 1970's New York. Al Pacino is equally great as "Lefty", a mob hitman with very little to show for his years with the family.

    The tension and intrigue comes as…

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  • THOMAS CULLEN

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by THOMAS CULLEN 24 Jan, 2015

    With the release of Mortdecai, I felt compelled to revisit a classic Johnny Depp performance in one of his very best films. Sharing the screen with Al Pacino, who is also at the top of his form, Depp manages to deliver a keenly felt and realistic performance of a man (an undercover FBI agent infiltrating the New York mob) torn between conflicting loyalties. For two actors who have become synonymous with over-the-top and for Depp outlandish performances, this film provides a welcome reminder of just how good they each can be when given a good role in a good film.

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  • Tom Morton

    ★★★★ Watched by Tom Morton 13 Jan, 2015

    It takes a long while for Donnie Brasco to heat up, and with a much more low-key style than a lot of the big gangster films, it took me until maybe about two-thirds of the way through before I realised that I was completely gripped.

    It's weirdly disarming seeing Johnny Depp play an actual Human Being after years of caricatures, but Pacino is still the star here - his aging hitman, Lefty, is so perfectly sad and unsure of his…

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  • neilgrahamuk

    ★★★★ Rewatched by neilgrahamuk 07 Jan, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The difficulty with making a mafia film is that you instantly invite comparison with some of the greatest American movies ever made. I remember the first time I sat down to watch Donnie Brasco I was thinking how it would compare to The Godfather or Goodfellas. I don't think I do this with any other genre! I may do this after the film has ended. But I don't think, say with a comedy "I wonder how this will compare with…

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  • billsuxx

    ★★★½ Watched by billsuxx 05 Jan, 2015

    Azt mondják alapmű, nekem eddig kimaradt. Jó volt, főleg a kor és a hangulat miatt tetszett.

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  • TheGreatFaggles

    ★★★★ Added by TheGreatFaggles

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An extremely impressive Johnny Depp performance. Add Al Pacino and you've got a great mob film. This based on a true story film really touches on what it's like to be undercover and make friends that you'll inevitably have to betray. It's an excellent film that perhaps makes you forget who the bad guys are.

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  • Jacob HB

    ★★ Watched by Jacob HB 03 Jan, 2015 2

    I'm not sure if it's the script or Mike Newell's direction but the first half of Donnie Brasco feels like the most workmanlike version of this story. The stakes of Donnie's undercover involvement in the mafia are grossly underplayed and really we are never let in to understanding his world and his internal drivers.
    Both Johnny Depp and Al Pacino are solid but the production values are lacking, the film has become dated, the cinematography is incredibly flat and Patrick…

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