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Mean Streets Reviews

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May 22, 2016
[F]or all the violence of the streets, this is less a crime film than a character piece, a love letter to the streets of New York's Little Italy and the young men rattling around like tough guys and fantasizing about becoming the real thing.
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
March 3, 2013
Scorsese exalts cinema as the mediator of reality, memory and reverie, the demonic art that enthralls the church boy
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
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
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
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+
June 20, 2009
Passionate, energetic, stylistically inventive and personally driven, it is the first mature, full blooded "Martin Scorsese Film."
October 18, 2008
Martin Scorsese's first great American crime story
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+
March 31, 2008
[I] commend it without reservation.
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
March 31, 2008
A tight, intense masterpiece from Scorsese, writing collaborator Mardik Martin and the iconic stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2008
The acting and editing have such an original, tumultuous force that the picture is completely gripping.
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.
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
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.
June 9, 2006
The film feels authentic, the characters are true, the situation hopeless
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
One of the best American films of the decade.
January 25, 2006
This film showed the world that a major talent had arrived on the scene.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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