4 stars out of 5 -- "DiCaprio fully justifies his place as Marty's new muse....[He delivers] THE DEPARTED's most dangerous turn."Total Film "The speed and Mr. Scorsese's sureness of touch, particularly when it comes to carving up space with the camera, keep the plot's hall of mirrors from becoming a distraction."New York Times Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "Scorsese's got the best of men at the tops of their games. THE DEPARTED is this year's meatiest movie diversion."Entertainment Weekly "THE DEPARTED is splattered with moments of pure, dead-eyed, blood-soaked Scorsesean violence....Nicholson provides a menace that's half silky, half seedy." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "[A] juicy and enjoyable gangster picture. It has generous salty humour, tremendous narrative drive, an absorbingly complex plot of multiple betrayal, and a roster of entertaining actors."Sight and Sound "[T]his 'gangster movie' feels like a direct emanation from a society in a state of severe moral disorientation....THE DEPARTED reminds us that if there's truly an enemy, it's within."Film Comment 5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith Nicholson and DiCaprio together on screen for the first time, a performance masterclass is assured."Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 4 -- "The actors bring their A games to this triumphant bruiser of a film, its darkly wanton wit the only defense against complete chaos."Rolling Stone "Martin Scorsese here succeeds in creating a bleak picture with a fatalistic Irish sensibility."Box Office Included in Premiere's "10 Best Movies Of The Year" -- "[With] enough bravura acting for a dozen such pictures..."Premiere Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[A] model of what directing is when craft rises to the level of art."Rolling Stone Ranked #1 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."Film Comment 4 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a rare treat for moviegoers to see six major actors, all in strong roles, together in one movie."USA Today 5 stars out of 5 -- "DiCaprio stands tall, even when sharing the screen with Nicholson....THE DEPARTED is his master class..."Ultimate DVD "THE DEPARTED has become a classic in its own right, thanks in no small measure to William Monahan's script..."Wall Street Journal
Entertainment Weekly (5/10/96, pp.71-72) - "...If the Cranberries once sounded as if they were sleepwalkers in a world gone weird, TO THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED sounds as if they've finally awakened. The may not like what they see, but at least they're ready and willing to scream about it." - Rating: A-New York Times (Publisher) (4/28/96, Sec.2, p.34) - "...a song cycle about deaths, most of them early ones....the songs that work best are the ones in which the Cranberries rely on...ethereal guitars and warbly vocals that, like the band's lyrics, are simple but heartfelt."
CMJ (9/18/00, p.32) - "...Progressive hardcore hasn't sounded this good since the dearly departed Disembodied."
CMJ (7/12/99, p.29) - "...a dark and stirring album that captures the complexity and depth of this departed musical legend."
No Depression (11-12/01, p.130) - "...Koller gives these wonderful songs, and his departed colleague, the tribute they deserve..."
Rolling Stone (4/30/92, p.67) - 4.5 Stars - Excellent Plus - "...the album's ten songs paint a convincing--and only rarely cloying--portrait of domestic homelife and its contents...the fascinating progress of one of the most compelling artists of our time..."Entertainment Weekly (4/3/92, p.50) - "...comparatively more intimate, with delicate acoustic tracks, nods to folk rock and twang..." - Rating: BQ (1/93, p.73) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.Q (5/92, p.87) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...has an infectious swagger..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #18 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
The Wire (p.57) - "[T]he ultra-flexible style of EXQUISITE CORPSE is more like an elegant, and highly pleasurable, rhythmic tai chi."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[The album] reveals another eclectic, kaleidoscopic world wherein saccharine '30s Hollywood strings frame apocalyptic MCing, kung-fu soundtracks offset cheesy lounge vocals and lovelorn cabaret chanteuses are set adrift amid melting electronic shards."
Q (9/96, p.132) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The last two [tracks] are 1981 songwriting demos for the third album that never was but on this evidence--Irish literary tradition blended with a revitalised, melodic rock--would have been their best yet."
Q (5/02 SE, p.140) - 3 stars out of 5 - Included in Q's "100 Best Punk Albums" - "...Among Ireland's 1st punk exports, they made a seamless transformation into fine exponents of new wave pop..."
Rolling Stone (3/10/94, p.65) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...for depth and daring, this is music vast in suggestiveness....thematically complex and sharply imagistic...unified by yearning and an honest passion that refuses to inhibit intelligence...."Rolling Stone (10/30/03, p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The yowl of his voice and the clang of his guitar couldn't drown out the roar of his raw ambition....Blues, R&B, folk rock, acid rock, classic rock and grunge were just the beginning..."Entertainment Weekly (12/26/03-1/2/04, p.142) - Ranked #8 in Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "Records of the Year" - "...This double-disc expansion finally allows us to hear more: rapturous covers...between-song wisecracks, and to-the-bone renditions of his own tunes..."Q (12/03, p.148) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Bittersweet and beautiful..."Q (12/03, p.148) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Bittersweet and beautiful..."Uncut (11/03, p.124) - "...Jeff Buckley would never sound this free again. At a key turning point in his all-too-brief career, hear his unruly magnificence ignite..."Uncut (11/03, p.124) - "...Jeff Buckley would never sound this free again. At a key turning point in his all-too-brief career, hear his unruly magnificence ignite..."Alternative Press (9/03, p.120) - "...[With] plenty of between-song banter that displays the comical side of this dearly departed crooner..."Alternative Press (9/03, p.120) - "...[With] plenty of between-song banter that displays the comical side of this dearly departed crooner..."Melody Maker (4/9/94, p.30) - "...Jeff Buckley has created one of the albums of the year with just a Telecaster and a voice that sounds like a choirboy singing from the rafters of a whorehouse. Buy it and melt..."Melody Maker (4/9/94, p.30) - "...Jeff Buckley has created one of the albums of the year with just a Telecaster and a voice that sounds like a choirboy singing from the rafters of a whorehouse. Buy it and melt..."Village Voice (3/1/94, p.5) - Ranked #5 in the Village Voice's list of the 10 Best EPs Of 1993.Stereo Review (4/94, p.90) - Performance: Astonishing / Recording: Good - "...Here's a prime example of someone who's singing solely because the spirit moves him....Jeff's main instrument is his voice, which swoops, soars, pounces cat-like, feints and dodges, extending syllables into a wordless wilderness of pure expression...."Mojo (Publisher) (11/03, pp.138-9) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Throughout, Buckley refashions the material in a singular style that was equal part rapturous romance and bitter pain..."Mojo (Publisher) (11/03, pp.138-9) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Throughout, Buckley refashions the material in a singular style that was equal part rapturous romance and bitter pain..."NME (Magazine) (4/9/94, p.40) - 6 - Good - "...LIVE AT SIN-E captures Buckley still shaping his identity, hopefully the promise it displays will come to fruition..."NME (Magazine) (4/9/94, p.40) - 6 - Good - "...LIVE AT SIN-E captures Buckley still shaping his identity, hopefully the promise it displays will come to fruition..."
"The return of NYPD BLUE exile David Caruso to a leading role proves he can do unsmiling, untrustworthy intensity like few others..." Uncut
"...LL Cool J and Whoopi Goldberg are the pillars for both the other characters and the movie, successfully playing the straight man and the shoulder to cry on, respectively..." Box Office "...The film's most sober and touching performance belongs to LL Cool J..."New York Times "...[An] intimate ensemble comedy-drama....[LL Cool J] brings dignity and pathos to [his role]..." Variety "...LL Cool J impresses as an actor..." USA Today "KINGDOM COME is at once uproarious and serious, and it abounds in that combination of warmth and emotion that is summed up in the word soul, a rare quality outside African American movies....A rich pleasure..." Los Angeles Times