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January 26, 2019
The best, GREATEST thrilling movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Be My Baby!
December 9, 2018
Scorsese's equations for raunchy narrow minded brother is an awe inspiring formula that works magically as a family drama rather than your usual street boys feud.

Mean Streets

Scorsese's equations for raunchy narrow minded brother is an awe inspiring formula that works magically as a family drama rather than your usual street boys feud. He has created a dysfunctional family drama that is explored in an ironic tone that leans towards intense life changing dram as it ages on screen. In here, the money making business, the mob mentality, cutthroat politics and guns blazing all over the street is mere distraction. And boy what a distraction it is, his well placed and edited antics leaves your eyes popped and jaws dropped. Prepare to be amazed to this ultimate grounded tale of friends and foes.

Especially all these long sequences that Scorsese creates, like a petty fight sequence in a pool hub or couple of hot heads fighting over a moot point, such genre has always been his forte and it is at its peak in here. Amongst these huge melodrama fiction, lies an honest and moving brotherhood relationship between De Niro and Keitel, where they play with heavy machinery as a joke or bicker over nonsense topics or negotiate finance as a ten years old. These are the moments that steals the show. Keitel as the arguably responsible and mature guy trying to hold this scattered surrounding of his with one direction is both funny and impressive.

But of course the show stealer is De Niro in his mischievous cloak where he defies to take any situation seriously and as a storyteller Scorsese makes it the most essential bit; he is the trickster after all. Set over the course of multiple characters and different episodes, the narration has the heart in its right place with fair justifying trial where everyone is put on a stand. Mean Streets is not that mean, as in it's not the darkest tale to come out of Scorsese's basket although it is one of the best.
November 29, 2018
Il film per quello che vuole essere, ovvero un affresco della Little Italy degli anni settanta e nella quale ha vissuto il regista, Ŕ d'altissimo livello, d'altronde stiamo parlando di una pellicola del signor Scorsese, non uno a caso. Il problema principale Ŕ la trama, la storia che viene raccontata che non Ŕ nulla di particolare ma Scorsese non voleva portare sul grande schermo un film con una trama fortissima e con colpi di scena, soltanto l'immagine della societÓ italoamericana del tempo. La colonna sonora, contenente molti brani italiani, Ŕ bellissima e il cast Ŕ formato da attori non da poco, come Harvey Keitel e Robert De Niro, entrambi bravissimi. Non sarÓ il suo film migliore, ma di sicuro da vedere e poter apprezzare un maestro come Scorsese.
½ October 16, 2018
The finale is way more interesting than the beginning.
September 11, 2018
This is essentially the roots of De Niro, Keitel and Scorsese and man are they strong roots. The exploration of the ins and outs of NYC create an incredibly immersive environment. Scorsese's use of long, wide takes with our characters in this environment gives one of the best "fly on the wall" experiences through these characters lives. And the conflict brewing between them isn't shoved in our faces or apparent as the thing that kicks off the story. We get to see these characters' lives and stories and it builds a natural conflict that we, the audience, can feel and understand more. Add the fact that it's lead by some of the best onscreen performances from De Niro and Keitel, Mean Streets ultimately remains a timeless classic that still holds up as one of Scorsese's best and one of the best crime dramas to date.
Super Reviewer
July 23, 2018
24/07/2018 - Good performances from the two leads, but nothing much happens!
July 11, 2018
What this movie is trying to say is that the best way to worship God is by caring for your neighboor. The message is provided in a kind of extreme way but thats what I got after all. The other 3 movies from Scorsese that I have seen I didn't like but this one ... man, this is good stuff.
May 24, 2018
Mean Streets remains one of the most important films of the 1970s. It made Hollywood take notice of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, it laid the groundwork for the direction both their careers would take, and has a sense of realism that perfectly captures the decade. Both had made films prior to this, but none were able to show off their talents like Mean Streets did. For me, it falls slightly short of being one of Scorsese's masterpieces due to script and pacing issues. Harvey Keitel is a small time gangster trying to make a name for himself, and De Niro is his lose cannon buddy who screws up just about everything in his life. De Niro keeps screwing up, Keitel keeps trying to bail him out. That's about it. But, like I said, what the film lacks in story it more than makes up for with terrific performances, plenty of suspense and the fact it perfectly captures 1970's New York. Mean Streets may not be nearly as good as the collaborations that followed, but it's still a highly entertaining and important piece of filmmaking.
½ February 17, 2018
The struggles of Italians in New York City trying to make it big. 1001 movies to see before you die.
January 25, 2018
You know those movies that you are sure you are going to love even before watching it? Great director, amazing actors, part of the history of cinema. This was one of those. Then I watch it. And I didn't like it. Sorry Martin.
½ December 25, 2017
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December 19, 2017
Puntaje Original: 6.5

Scorsese muestra toda su calidad como director desde sus inicios, una magistral visiˇn hacia la vida urbana de la comunidad italo-estadounidense.
Super Reviewer
½ December 2, 2017
Doesn't reveal its quality until the very end, when all that's on the table so far--friendships and family relationships, debts owed, "business" ambitions, a love affair and more--can't help but be cashed out. And what an ending. Unfortunately, though, after this many years, it kind of feels like an underfunded, underachieved Goodfellas. And if you're a De Niro fan, don't go into this thinking he's the star! I only knew a little about the movie before watching, and it took a while (maybe too long) for me to really invest in Harvey Keitel's character, Charlie, whose movie it actually is--I don't blame the filmmaker or Keitel for that though, that's my fault.
November 19, 2017
Simply because a film is old and is filled with an all-star cast, does not automatically determine it to be a masterpiece. RT seems to be biased in this regard. The plot is weak and the characters, for the most part, are hard to read with their inplausible mood swings.
There were moments of great acting, but the movie presented itself like a school play.
November 17, 2017
de niro is one of the best actors
October 6, 2017
Puntaje Original: 6.5

Scorsese muestra toda su calidad como director desde sus inicios, una magistral visiˇn hacia la vida urbana de la comunidad italo-estadounidense.
September 11, 2017
Mean Streets is an impressive beginning for Martin Scorsese's film career! With amazing performances from Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro who give the film what it needs, Mean Streets is a spectacular hit.
June 30, 2017
Respeite sempre a sua Vibe!. Filme sensacional, com sua DirešŃo original e espetacular do Scorsese, faz um trabalho brilhante no filme, sem contar na trilha sonora maravilhosa.
June 29, 2017
It's amazing to see that Scorsese started off with this film, I can see why this was the film that made him a house hold name.

Mean Streets is an instant classic that has heart and likability but that also doesn't beat around the bush. It was really great to see the friendship and bond that Keitel and De Niro have in real life within the movie.

Overall, a classic, great movie!
May 15, 2017
The beginning of the great Martin Scorsese. An incredible film that helped start the great gangster film genre. The camerawork by Marty is just some of the best you will ever see. A great soundrrack as well. The incredible script and acting (epically from Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro) keeps this film going. The only real problem is their isn't much of a story. But all the other attributes of the film make this one a true gem. This film is one of the most influential films over the last 50 years. This films dialogue inspired the incredible dialogue you see in other Scorsese and Tarantino films.
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