With minimal conspiratorial bluster, Berlinger unmasks the compliant faces of evil.
Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly, 2014-12-03
Within the confines of an under-two-hours running time ... Berlinger does an impressive job of keeping the film coherent and often fascinating.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2014-07-17
In this movie, corruption is rife on both sides of the blue line.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2014-07-11
With a large cast of wise guys, reporters, ex-cops, victims and lawyers, lawyers, lawyers, it's like five seasons of The Wire distilled into one epic episode.
James Adams, Globe and Mail, 2014-07-11
Joe Berlinger's densely detailed new documentary about the legendary Boston mobster is disturbing on so many levels it's hard not to wonder why Bulger was the only one on trial.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2014-07-10
"Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" takes all of our accumulated experience of places like "Southie" and makes it real. Terrifyingly, frustratingly real.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2014-07-10
Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger is the equivalent of a gripping true-crime "read."
Michael Sragow, Orange County Register, 2014-07-10
Complicated beyond imagining, and, in the end, a genuine shocker.
David Denby, New Yorker, 2014-06-30
[A] fascinating, expertly crafted film ...
Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com, 2014-06-27
"Whitey" emerges as yet another of Berlinger's gripping, irony-laced snapshots of the American criminal justice system ...
Scott Foundas, Variety, 2014-06-27
Gripping and troubling ...
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2014-06-26
In every frame of the film, Berlinger's heart goes out to the victims and their survivors.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2014-06-26
Fascinating and frightening.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2014-06-26
The journalism is comprehensive, the scope admirably large. Those who can keep up will learn plenty about how a major, high-profile case proceeds.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2014-06-26
Berlinger needs to give his heavy-metal backdrop music a rest, but this is still one of his most ambitious films, vibrating with the same municipal unease as Chinatown.
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, 2014-06-24
Bulger himself doesn't appear, of course; at age 84, he's currently serving two consecutive life terms, plus five years. Somehow, it just doesn't seem long enough.
Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice, 2014-06-24
It's a complex case and Berlinger isn't always successful in keeping the story clear.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2014-07-03
[It] leaves us wanting more - more on Bulger's childhood, more on the Irish gangs, more on the awful crimes themselves.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2014-06-27
Bulger remains frustratingly opaque.
Ella Taylor, NPR, 2014-06-26