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New Black Mass movie got mostly positive reviews from top critics. Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/drama flick, “Black Mass,” into theaters today, September 18th, 2015, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that most of them liked it with an overall 69 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at

The movie stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp. We’ve included blurbs from some of the critics,below.

Scott Foundas over at Variety, gave it a great 90 score, saying: “If Johnny Depp’s mesmerizing performance — a bracing return to form for the star after a series of critical and commercial misfires — is the chief selling point of Black Mass, there is much else to recommend this sober, sprawling, deeply engrossing evocation of Bulger’s South Boston fiefdom and his complex relationship with the FBI agent John Connolly, played with equally impressive skill by Joel Edgerton.”

Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it a an 88 score, saying: “As notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, Depp astounds with one of the best performances in his long career while co-star Joel Edgerton steps up equally well as John Connolly, an ethically questionable FBI agent who flirts with the wrong side of the law.”

Peter Travers at Rolling Stone, gave it an 88 score, stating: “Ice-cold. Dead eyes. Demonic laugh. His face a mask you can’t read until he’s up in yours. Then run. That’s Johnny Depp giving everything he’s got in a riveting, rattlesnake performance as South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass.”

Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a an 80 score. He said: “If the final result doesn’t transcend emotionally in the manner of the gold standard of Boston noir, Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River,” the fault is not in the execution but the unyieldingly oppressive nature of the underlying material.”

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it an 80 grade, saying: “The film, directed with exceptional flair and elegant concision by Scott Cooper, even comes from Warner Bros., the studio that specialized in psychopathic monsters played by such stars as James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson during Hollywood’s golden age.”

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