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GoodFellas Reviews

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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.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Compared to less nitpicky gangster fare, GoodFellas still falters.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joseph McBride
June 26, 2007
Colorful but dramatically unsatisfying.
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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
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Jason Zingale
January 13, 2007
It's not only the greatest gangster film ever made, but it's also one of the most glaring omissions in the history of the Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today
December 12, 2002
One of the very best gangster films ever made and a prime example of why Scorsese at his best is irresistible.
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 4, 2006 of the best-- and most influential -- American movies ever made.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 94/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
No finer film has ever been made about organized crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It is not a coincidence that Scorsese's three masterpieces all star Robert De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 3, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
March 25, 2014
Be prepared to be completely bowled over by a director at the peak of his talents and in full control of top-notch material.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 2, 2006
A drama that injects your adrenal glands with the thrill of living from score to score and walking the streets with limitless power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 3, 2008
Arguably the greatest mob movie ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
One comes out of Goodfellas not feeling greatly entertained but with the feeling that you have seen an authentic view of modern crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
May well be the most accomplished thing Scorsese's ever done.
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