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mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 7th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Talk about high praise!

I think I like that city :-)

Here's a few more:

About.com
Hand him his certificate; Matt Damon has graduated to another level of acting. Scorsese gets the absolute best there is out of Damon who, on the surface, seems like the least likely choice to play a crooked cop who sides with the mob. His eyes ice up and you can see the wheels working as he measures how to play each situation. Damon delivers a coldly calculated performance that almost gives you goosebumps.

MTV
The movie cranks up its cat-and-mouse suspense with a series of fake-outs, rub-outs and breathless near-misses that ring your chimes with cool efficiency. DiCaprio and Damon are both very intense — DiCaprio in a way that might be called very DiCaprio, Damon in a more interesting manner.

Houston Chronicle
Damon is a cold customer here, as smooth and opaque as frosted glass. No one sees through him.

Patriot News
Damon -- whose honest face makes him an ever better liar -- shows that even tough guys can be tender.

National Post
He certainly knows how to set up DiCaprio's deer-in-the-headlights look against the preternaturally cool Damon.

SF Chronicle
On the police side, we have the frustrating but arresting spectacle of watching young Sullivan con everyone with his eager-beaver demeanor and aggressive charm. He picks up a police psychiatrist (Vera Farmiga), and even when she moves in with him, she can't quite see past his former-altar-boy facade. DiCaprio and Damon have never been better.

American Heritage
There have been scores of movies about police moles planted in crime organizations and at least a few about gangster connections within police departments, but The Departed juxtaposes the two and places two good actors in the roles, Leonardo DiCaprio as the cop mole and Matt Damon as the gangster mole. Both are superb; DiCaprio gives his most mature performance yet and even holds his own in several one-on-one scenes with a powerhouse Jack Nicholson as the Irish crime boss Frank Costello. Damon, more subdued and more at home with a working-class Boston Irish accent, seems like DiCaprio’s mirror opposite. (Their physical resemblance when they finally meet adds a layer of tension to the film.)

Stanford Daily
Matt Damon’s role is a picture-perfect rendition of the term “type-cast.” Colin Sullivan is the Irish Jason Bourne, and it works flawlessly. Damon is good at what he does, and there would have been no reason to change it here. The biggest chunk of Damon’s character development comes at you rapid-fire in the last 20 minutes of the film, and you don’t really appreciate it until you’re walking out of the theater. But when it does, you really realize in retrospect what he brought to the film.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Damon and DiCaprio, in terrific performances, display a bravado, maturity and presence that help transcend their baby faces.

Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Damon’s clean-cut good looks are especially effective when he’s cast against type, as he is here. His character knows how to use that to his advantage, becoming so trusted that there’s no telling what can stop him.

Herald Tribune
Damon deftly becomes a Scorsese novelty -- a thoroughly bad guy who's so lovable, you keep looking for the good inside him.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Talk about high praise!

Hey Felicity!

Here's a voice from the past to let you know that Damon is indeed every bit as good as the raves he's getting for this role. The film was a taut examination of the ways the soul can twist itself to accept just about anything and both Matt and Leo are really exceptional. I'll probably go see it again before the week is out.

And I had to laugh during a tense scene between Wahlberg and Damon, in which the characters are letting their hate for each other build into a fury of obscenity and put-downs until it pours over into a full-on brawl. You just *know* they were both feeling it.

~Natasha (now in Seattle!)
mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 8th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Talk about high praise!

Hi Natasha - have been wondering how you were going.

Good to hear you liked the film.
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