Critics' Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "The movie’s disappointingly straightforward, with no discernible flair."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Does a bang-up job of deglamorizing the mob."

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'Donnie Brasco'

Scene from this movie Undercover agent Joseph Pistone (Johnny Depp) is sent to infiltrate New York’s Bonanno crime family. Posing as a black-market jewel seller called Donnie Brasco, he strikes up a relationship with Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino), a senior hit man in the Mafia. Donnie impresses Lefty immediately when he convinces the veteran hoodlum that a diamond ring he just picked up is fake. Lefty is so grateful, he practically adopts him.

With Lefty as his goombah and Mafia tour guide, Donnie learns the ways, customs and language of the Bonanno world. Although he’s protected by Lefty, Donnie’s mission becomes the scariest ordeal of his life. He witnesses executions, participates in post-killing cleanup, and runs the risk of being discovered at any moment. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Mike Newell
Cast: Al Pacino; Johnny Depp;
Michael Madsen; Bruno Kirby;
James Russo; Anne Heche
Running Time: 2 hours
Filmographies: Johnny Depp; Al Pacino; Anne Heche; Michael Madsen