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GoodFellas (1990)

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Average Rating: 8.9/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 3

Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.

94

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.

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Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the

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Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Pileggi

Mar 26, 1997

Warner Bros.

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All of the performances are first-rate; Pesci stands out, though, with his seemingly unscripted manner. GoodFellas is easily one of the year`s best films.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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GoodFellas, which somehow mixes its horrors with a deep vein of mordant humor, flows with the exuberance of a filmmaker who has every detail nailed and a few new lovely moves he wants to show us.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Spanning thirty years and running two and a half hours, the film bristles with the violent passion, howitzer wit and virtuoso style that made Scorsese's reputation with the gangster drama Mean Streets in 1973.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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In GoodFellas, Scorsese, that connoisseur of mean streets and brutish, reflexive rage, has fashioned a stunning film that belongs on the same lonely, top shelf as Coppola's Mafia saga.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Robert De Niro gives what has come to be a typical Robert De Niro performance -- understated, sly, ingratiating. Joe Pesci, as the hot-tempered Tommy, steals several scenes from his fellow performers.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The most profoundly Catholic of contemporary filmmakers, Scorsese has here imagined a world without the slightest notion of sin-everything is permitted, and he is both fascinated and appalled by the total freedom of his characters.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Scorsese's best film? Difficult to call, though if it doesn't beat Raging Bull, it runs it a close second.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
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From its opening scene of shocking brutality through its remaining 150 minutes of electrifying, relentless drama, violence, humor and horror, Martin Scorsese`s spellbinding Mafia saga GoodFellas is a film audiences will long remember.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

While Scorsese generates vivid images, he covered this ground in the superb Mean Streets in 1973. Here there's nothing to learn, nobody to sympathize with.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

GoodFellas is a movie that savagely and thoroughly obliterates romanticized notions of the Mafia.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Be prepared to be completely bowled over by a director at the peak of his talents and in full control of top-notch material.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas' is a good film, maybe a great film, but it is also difficult to watch at times. At times, it is so brutal you will find yourself looking away.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The stylistic blast of what is surely the first rock and roll gangster movie revels in the glamour then twists on the brutality of the mob life...

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

Goodfellas and The Godfather saga tower above their competition and deserve their place in the pantheon of American crime pictures.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Arguably Scorsese's finest hour.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (3)
Film4

Arguably the greatest mob movie ever made.

August 3, 2008 | Comment (1)
BDK Reviews

Based on Pileggi's book, Scorsese's biopic of Henry Hill is so well-crafted, shot, and acted that it easily overcomes some of the film's shortcomings, such as its dramatic shaplessness and less than powerful ending.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Audience Reviews for GoodFellas

Martin Scorsese hits a home-run with this gangster classic. Goodfellas is a ruthless crime-filled biopic highlighting a lifetime vision of American crime families. From the visionary direction to its no-holds-barred performances from Liotta, De Niro & especially Pesci, the film embodies the notorious genre and is still labeled as one of Scorsese's best, as well as the best of the genre. 4/5
April 17, 2014
Eugene Bernabe

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Career criminal Henry Hill reminisces upon his life of crime in this true life story based on an actual FBI case. Goodfellas is the perfect film. It has the perfect blend of drama, gritty violence and humour as we see the dark side of the American dream played out over 25 years of a wise guy's life. The people depicted here do not play by society's rules and have their own set of laws and conventions revolving around the pure pursuit of profit in this, the logical conclusion of capitalism. The livelihoods and lives of others are commodities to be used up and tossed away and life is cheap to these mobsters whose stated obsession with loyalty and family is also soon forgotten for the "big score", leading to total anarchy. The combination of DeNiro, Liotta and Pesci makes for a brilliant triple act and there are so many classic scenes it's easy to lose count. The idea to tell the story in a "Wonder Years" format using one of the best soundtracks ever compiled was a stroke of genius and the post modern conclusion the perfect way to end the story. For me, Goodfellas is the best film ever made. Full stop.
October 23, 2013
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October 13, 2013
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I really can't decide whether this movie, or one of the first two Godfather films is the greatest Mafia film of all time. Whereas those movies provide a great look into the higher levels of the mob world, this one gives a look into the working class lower levels populated by the working class blue collar wiseguys, and it is just as fascinating and brilliant.

What we have is an adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's book about the life story of Henry Hill- an associate of the Vario (renamed Cicero in the film) Crew, who were connected into the Lucchese Crime Family. The film follows his exploits over the course of 25 years from 1955-1980, and provides a captivating portrait of the mob in New York/New Jersey during that era.

This is just brilliant cinema in general. The story is fully realized, the direction and camera work are flawless, there are some incredibly well done sequences, and it's just an all around satisfying film to experience. I love all the attention to detail, and just all the details that are given about the ins and outs of the mob world. You really get a great sense of the world these people live in, the culture they're apart of, and how it affects them. And not to mention the great casting and flawless performances. Nobody sticks out in a negative way here. They're all at the top of their games, especially the scene stealing Joe Pesci who rightly earned an Oscar for his efforts.

Trust the reputation and check this out- it truly is one of the best films of the 1990s, and basically the late 20th Century in general.
September 5, 2013
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Chris Weber

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    1. James Conway: Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.
    – Submitted by Chris L (10 months ago)
    1. Henry Hill: As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.
    – Submitted by Chris L (10 months ago)
    1. Tommy DeVito: What do you mean funny? Like a clown? Do I amuse you? Huh?
    – Submitted by Judson P (17 months ago)
    1. Henry Hill: Anything I wanted was a phone call away.
    – Submitted by Kia M (18 months ago)
    1. James Conway: It's gonna be a good summer!
    – Submitted by Kia M (18 months ago)
    1. Henry Hill: For a second I thought I was dead, but when I heard all the noise I knew they were cops. Only cops talked that way. If they had been wiseguys, I wouldn't have heard a thing. I would have been dead.
    – Submitted by Kia M (18 months ago)
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