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GoodFellas Reviews

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Peter Aspden
Financial Times
January 19, 2017
Goodfellas is remorseless, its message terminally bleak.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
January 18, 2017
It hasn't aged in the slightest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 16, 2017
Sure, it's a rush - but is that enough?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Burns
Movie Mezzanine
September 24, 2015
One of the great sustained acts of virtuosity in American cinema.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jake Cole
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2015
Martin Scorsese's soberest, most vivaciously thrilling vision of how hollow (and short) the fast lives of mafios really are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
May 21, 2015
Definitive, sky-high Scorsese, and the one towards which all his subsequent films have been reaching, Goodfellas is, put bluntly, the best movie of the director's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 14, 2015
It's Joe Pesci who dominates the picture with his fierce performance as Tommy DeVito, an ill-tempered mobster who frequently displays the tendencies of a rabid wolverine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
May 11, 2015
It's visually exciting, off-handedly funny, and genuinely informative.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot
May 4, 2015
Even after 25 years, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas remains the very apex of mobster cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
March 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2014
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 25, 2014
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.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Kemp
Total Film
March 25, 2014
Scorsese's best film? Difficult to call, though if it doesn't beat Raging Bull, it runs it a close second.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 25, 2014
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
March 25, 2014
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 25, 2014
GoodFellas is a movie that savagely and thoroughly obliterates romanticized notions of the Mafia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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