GoodFellas Reviews

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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
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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
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
In GoodFellas, director Martin Scorsese does something simple and audacious: He takes the guilt out of organized crime.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2008
You walk away, tantalized by a view into the darkest part of yourself, glad that that part is still behind bars.
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Joseph McBride
Variety
June 26, 2007
Colorful but dramatically unsatisfying.
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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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Scorsese's fast, violent, stylish mobster movie is a return to form.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Goodfellas looks and sounds as if it must be absolutely authentic.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It is not a coincidence that Scorsese's three masterpieces all star Robert De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
GoodFellas is an appalling masterpiece of the kind that, along with New York's current well-publicized troubles, is likely to give pause to anyone planning to make a trip to the city.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The performances by everyone are stunning, standout.