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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, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Scorsese's best film? Difficult to call, though if it doesn't beat Raging Bull, it runs it a close second."
‑ , Total Film
"GoodFellas is a movie that savagely and thoroughly obliterates romanticized notions of the Mafia."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The stylistic blast of what is surely the first rock and roll gangster movie revels in the glamour then twists on the brutality of the mob life..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"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."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando 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."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Be prepared to be completely bowled over by a director at the peak of his talents and in full control of top-notch material."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Goodfellas and The Godfather saga tower above their competition and deserve their place in the pantheon of American crime pictures."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas' is a good film, maybe a great film, but it is also difficult to watch at times. At times, it is so brutal you will find yourself looking away."
‑ Lou Cedrone, Baltimore Sun
"Arguably Scorsese's finest hour."
‑ , Film4
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