Mean Streets Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
April 16, 2013
This marriage of indelible imagery with electric, seemingly incongruous pop songs wouldn't be bettered until, well, the next time Scorsese decided to do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
March 3, 2013
Scorsese exalts cinema as the mediator of reality, memory and reverie, the demonic art that enthralls the church boy
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 8, 2012
Features an attention-grabbing performance by Robert De Niro, but I maintain that Harvey Keitel's excellent central performance has always been critically undervalued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 9, 2011
Authentic in feel and immensely personal in subject matter, Mean Streets marked the arrival of one Martin Scorsese and his unique brand of urban filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2010
showcases Scorsese's artistic strengths and weaknesses as they stood at the outset of his career
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
Daily Radar
May 9, 2010
"Mean Streets" is more than a rambunctious time capsule of Italian American experience, it is groundbreaking film that announces the career of a truly original voice in world cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
June 20, 2009
Passionate, energetic, stylistically inventive and personally driven, it is the first mature, full blooded "Martin Scorsese Film."
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Martin Scorsese's first great American crime story
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 14, 2008
"Mean Streets" is more than a rambunctious time capsule of Italian American experience, it is groundbreaking film that announces the career of a truly original voice in world cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 31, 2008
[I] commend it without reservation.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 31, 2008
The movie's blazing energy is still astounding; the vérité street-scenes are terrific and Scorsese's pioneering use of popular music is genuinely thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
March 31, 2008
A tight, intense masterpiece from Scorsese, writing collaborator Mardik Martin and the iconic stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 31, 2008
The acting and editing have such an original, tumultuous force that the picture is completely gripping.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
March 31, 2008
Scorsese is exceptionally good at guiding his largely unknown cast to near-flawless recreations of types. Outstanding in this regard is De Niro.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 21, 2008
Exploring male camaraderie and street violence in a humorous, spontaneous, and nonjudgmental way, Mean Streets (Scorsese's third film) is arguably the most influential film of the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 8, 2006
A modern masterpiece where the setting is the star, even among a cast that is highlighted by Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
June 9, 2006
The film feels authentic, the characters are true, the situation hopeless
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
One of the best American films of the decade.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 25, 2006
This film showed the world that a major talent had arrived on the scene.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
November 3, 2005
Terrific. Top shelf talent at the top of their game, working immediately before they would change Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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