Black Mass

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Brief Synopsis: "The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf."

Overall Ranking: 1551 (Rank from 2015: # 78)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 18.18%
Regular 54.55%
Half-Popped 27.27%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Bryan Lienesch86 - A very-well executed rendition of an unbelievable story.
Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 5
Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film85(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown80 - Black Mass has renewed my faith in Johnny Depp.
(full review)
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine80 - Black Mass shows a depth to Depp I'm not sure we knew he had. There's not 1oz. of himself lurking behind the cold gray eyes of this famed Boston Gangster. It's not just the makeup,which is what Steve Carell hid behind last year in Foxcatcher (click for T&T post) , I didn't think his performance as the seriously disturbed John E. du Pont, was as praiseworthy as everyone else gave him credit for. But I'm in awe of Johnny Depp's transformation, he's truly scary.
(full review)
Rewatch: 4
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman75 - Johnny Depp is the main reason to see this well-made gangster film.
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Citizen Charlie70(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin70(full review)
David Baruffi61(full review)
Malfrey50 - Black Mass evidently highlights itself a fitting story that needed to be told, accompanying itself with a warm aesthetic, strong performances and audacious music
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Gorgon Reviews43(full review)

People Involved

  • Johnny Depp (Whitey Bulger)
  • Joel Edgerton (John Connolly)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Bill Bulger)
  • Dakota Johnson (Lindsey Cyr)
  • Kevin Bacon (Charles McGuire)
  • Jesse Plemons (Kevin Weeks)
  • Corey Stoll (Fred Wyshak)
  • Peter Sarsgaard (Brian Halloran)
  • Juno Temple (Deborah Hussey)
  • Adam Scott (Robert Fitzpatrick)
  • Scott Cooper (Director)