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½ November 14, 2016
Both Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro playing setting real momentum behind their career as actors. Enbarking into the Italian small-time mafia, Scorsese manages to captures us into their lives of problems and culture. Robert De Niro really loses it and practically giving a fuck, causing a life of hell for everyone around him.
½ November 3, 2016
Mean Streets has annoying characters as well as a boring second act, but as crime films go, it is as good as it can get with some pretty dramatic scenes with even some tender moments in them, excellent performances from Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro and a great ambiguous ending.
October 27, 2016
Favorite director, no plot
September 21, 2016
The beginning of an amazing collaboration between DeNiro and Scorsese.
September 12, 2016
Martin Scorsese's crimson-lit tale of penance and petulance is a stylistic triumph characterised by unforgettable collisions.
Mean Streets is a study of ambition versus tradition, which is echoed no-end through its themes, characters and endless visual experimentation, all of which clash with the film's roots as an old-school mob flick.
The film grabs us by the balls and doesn't let go. It drags us through barroom brawls and dingy backstreets with a forward-thinking fervour that still rings fresh today; the old and the new locking horns in every frame.
Then there's Robert De Niro's turn as loathsome lowlife Johnny Boy - one of very few all-time great character performances that can be described as so good, you want to punch it in the face yourself.
Over time, Martin Scorsese has reinvented the gangster movie. The seeds of an entire genre overhaul are all planted firmly in Mean Streets.
July 9, 2016
Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece, and one of the most influential crime films ever made. Mean Streets added a sense of grit and realism to the genre, but watching Mean Streets now it's even a bit surprising to find that it's probably the director's most surreal work. Tricky camera work, unpredictable cuts, and eerie use of voice-overs give the film a dreamy quality, that subtlety transgress any of the gangster tropes that audience members might otherwise find pedestrian. Hell, the film might even feature the best dynamics for pop-songs in any Scorsese movie, as here they feel more organic rather than a John Hancock of the director's. Gangster cinema was never quite the same after Mean Streets, and rarely would it be anywhere near as powerful.
½ June 7, 2016
Harvey Keitel is phonemonal, De Niro is imperious, and the film just flows along effortlessly thanks to the brilliance of Martin Scorsese.
May 6, 2016
my all time favorite!
April 25, 2016
Il vieillit mal. Ca semble creux maintenant.
April 16, 2016
43 years after its release, Mean Streets manages to still somehow feel entirely unique and original. Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro are fantastic in this incredibly gritty and realistic look at New York City in the early 1970s. Featuring Scorsese trademarks all over the place, the storytelling here is vintage Scorsese and that alone sets it apart from other films in the crime genre. The religious debate here and attempts at wholesomeness of the protagonist while also being dragged through the mud by those around him is a truly engrossing struggle that one must figure resembles Scorsese's own turmoil. The film is incredibly gritty and clearly highly influential in the crime genre, as well as film as a whole. For this, it is nearly impossible to overlook Mean Streets even if I prefer some of his other works, especially those released in the immediate aftermath of this one. That said, it is a fantastic piece of film that feels brand new even though it has been four decades since it first hit cinemas.
March 5, 2016
Gritty and real feel, stellar script, great cinematography, and breakthrough performances -- a classic piece of cinema.
February 29, 2016
Scorsese's masterpiece is about small-time hood gangsters in 1973 "Little Italy" in NYC. They are so small time they have to make weekly payments to a made Mafia man. Harvey Keitel's character is internally torn between his "Devil" status as a gangster, and his secret desire ( expressed through a narration of his thoughts) to be an "Angel". He is like a split personality and thus, takes it upon himself to watch over and save "Johnny Boy" , his distant cousin and protégé who is also a hood just like him due to Keitel having vouched for him. Robert De Niro gives an incendiary spectacular performance as Johnny Boy, a nihilistic self destructive gangster who has gambling addiction and seemingly does not care about anything, not even himself though he seems to respect Keitel. Keitel keeps getting threatened because of his devotion to Johnny boy, because Johnny Boy starts to not make his weekly payments and gets more and more hostile to the made Mafia man. Johnny Boy gets wilder and more and more out of control but Keitel never stops trying to "save" him.
January 24, 2016
The first collaboration between Scorcese and DeNiro doesn't disappoint. I'm amazed at how many actors from the Sopranos I've been seeing in his movies lately.
½ January 13, 2016
Yet another well done film. 'Mean Streets' is by fair a decent film about the struggle during the late '60's.
Super Reviewer
December 24, 2015
It comes as expected - great! Scorsese hones his skills in working with a young DeNiro and Harvey Keitel as we explore the New York of the 70s - the one that no longer exists but has a fertile landscape of interesting yet violent characters.
December 13, 2015
Mean Streets doesn't live up to its name. The characters are soft, the fights are clumsy and awkward and the plot is mostly boring. There are some interesting moments, the murder in the bar and the explosive finally, but this film is only entertaining in violent bursts. Harvey Kettle's performance is nuanced and intriguing, with his spiritual confusion, but Robert De Niro is just a restless, angry idiot. Maybe the film's low-key and casual interplay make it more realistic, but it wasn't at all what I thought it would be.
December 11, 2015
One of the greatest films about crime in New York City.
November 19, 2015
El principio estuvo bien pero luego la trama paso un tanto desapercibida y asta podi­a llegar a aburrir pero el final nadie se lo esperaba
November 17, 2015
Probably more epic by historical standards, but to a 'the sopranos' loving fan in 2015, it's a pretty tame and subtle movie. Great performance from di Niro, who I have never ever seen play a character like that, and he does it so well. Not the Robert di Niro I know. Apparently was one of the first movies to successfully integrate rock music, showing it's an old classic and probably deserves more love than I am willing to give. As a fan of the godfather, goodfellas and the sopranos, this movie doesn't do much for me.
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