GoodFellas (1990)

Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 26, 1997
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Total Film

Scorsese's best film? Difficult to call, though if it doesn't beat Raging Bull, it runs it a close second.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Martin Scorsese hits a home-run with this gangster classic. Goodfellas is a ruthless crime-filled biopic highlighting a lifetime vision of American crime… More
Chris Weber
I really can't decide whether this movie, or one of the first two Godfather films is the greatest Mafia film of all time. Whereas those movies provide a… More
xGary Xx
Career criminal Henry Hill reminisces upon his life of crime in this true life story based on an actual FBI case. Goodfellas is the perfect film. It has the… More
Mister Caple
"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. To me,being a gangster was better than being president of the United States." So… More
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Eric Shankle
Arguably the greatest crime film ever made, and in my opinion it is. Very impressed with the portrayal of Henry Hill's infamous life. There's not a… More