GoodFellas Reviews

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September 6, 2018
Is it a great movie? I don't think so. But it's a triumphant piece of filmmaking-journalism presented with the brio of drama.
April 27, 2018
Anti-romantic, it nevertheless sweeps us into the allure of mob glamour -- then slams us with its cost of admission.
January 20, 2017
Goodfellas is a terrifying film because, like much of Scorsese's best work, it is about the lives of avuncular psychopaths, and pretty-boy Liotta brilliantly encapsulates that fetid contradiction.
January 19, 2017
Brash and brilliant ...
January 16, 2017
Sure, it's a rush - but is that enough?
September 18, 2015
One remains detached from the characters, but Scorsese succeeds in smashing all the foolishly romantic myths about the mob with this shocking, vigorously honest portrait of a slick yuppie gangster who couldn't stand being "an average nobody."
July 17, 2019
It's probably the manic air and the sense that what we're really watching is a black comedy that transmits the most.
February 26, 2019
The dialogue is as wonderful as it is profane. The performances are as down-to-earth and familiar as they are superlative achievements in screen acting. The movie is so densely textured, you can almost smell the gravy cooking on the stove in the kitchen.
March 2, 2018
Scorsese's barely fictionalized adaptation of Hill's memoir captures the charge of being a mobster on New York in the sixties and seventies without glorifying the behavior by keying into Hill's willfully self-deluded perspective.
November 13, 2017
Robert De Niro is reliably dynamic, and Joe Pesci's portrait of a gangster with a sense of humour is hideously memorable, but there's no doubt that GoodFellas fights a losing battle against numbness.
August 30, 2017
The best movie about who gangsters are, and how they came to exert such a magnetic pull on American culture.
January 27, 2017
A fascinating, intelligent, and in some ways groundbreaking movie.
January 23, 2017
It's a film full of thrilling entertainment: a juicy, wry and relentless account of a garish way of life.
January 22, 2017
For its swaggering energy, the heart-in-your-throat pacing and for some of the most memorable, most imitated scenes in mafia movie history, this must rank as one of Scorsese's finest films, if not the best.
January 19, 2017
This is Scorsese at the very height of his powers, orchestrating storytelling with a dynamic urgency and a bravura use of camera, music and outstanding performers.
January 19, 2017
The rock 'n' roll counterpoint to the grand operatic tragedy of Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather saga.
January 19, 2017
Goodfellas is remorseless, its message terminally bleak.
January 18, 2017
It hasn't aged in the slightest.
September 24, 2015
One of the great sustained acts of virtuosity in American cinema.
June 12, 2015
Martin Scorsese's soberest, most vivaciously thrilling vision of how hollow (and short) the fast lives of mafios really are.
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