FFCC members review Scott Cooper’s ‘Black Mass’

FFCC members review Scott Cooper’s gangster drama Black Mass.


Bill Gibron, Film Racket

“If Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton were not present, if their roles had been cast with actors of lesser stature, ability, and charisma, Black Mass would be nothing more than a slightly above average crime thriller.”

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Dan HudakPunch Drunk Movies

“Depp’s performance alone is enough to make it worth watching. Black Mass is palatable entertainment drawn from real-life headlines for our amusement, and in that limited capacity it successfully serves its purpose.”

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Steven Lebowitz, West Palm Beach and Miami Movie Examiner

“It’s hard to imagine Black Mass getting much Oscar buzz. Johnny Depp may snag a nomination, but this was not the best performance by a male actor this year. The best shot it’s got is in the makeup category.”

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Hans MorgensternIndependent Ethos

“Ultimately, it’s just too difficult to forgive the glamorization of Bulger in this movie, a star vehicle that romanticizes a monster.”

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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Black Mass struggles to find something new to say about organized crime and the loyalty between men. But the only thing the film manages to do is remind us we’ve seen all this stuff done before — and done better.”

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Ruben RosarioMiami Art Zine

“An inert tale of cops and robbers or, in this case, Feds versus mobsters, Black Mass is a guilt-stricken gangster flick bathed in formaldehyde.”

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