Mean Streets
Mean Streets (1973)

"You don't make up for your sins in church; you do it in the streets; you do it at home. The rest is bulls--t, and you know it." Returning to the autobiographical milieu of his 1968 debut Who's That Knocking at My Door?… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mean Streets is a powerful tale of urban sin and guilt that marks Scorsese's arrival as an important cinematic voice and features electrifying performances from Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The acting and editing have such an original, tumultuous force that the picture is completely gripping.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

No matter how bleak the milieu, no matter how heartbreaking the narrative, some films are so thoroughly, beautifully realized they have a kind of tonic effect that has no relation to the subject matter.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Scorsese is exceptionally good at guiding his largely unknown cast to near-flawless recreations of types. Outstanding in this regard is De Niro.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Its greatness lies in its leanness, with nary a word, a move, a gesture that's nonessential.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Scorsese exalts cinema as the mediator of reality, memory and reverie, the demonic art that enthralls the church boy

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Time Out

One of the best American films of the decade.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

In countless ways, right down to the detail of modern TV crime shows, Mean Streets is one of the source points of modern movies.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Features an attention-grabbing performance by Robert De Niro, but I maintain that Harvey Keitel's excellent central performance has always been critically undervalued.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Martin Scorsese is one of the undisputed masters of gangster cinema. His genre films are raw, gritty, intense and unforgettable. Before he filmed Taxi Driver,… More
Graham Jones
Scorsese's first masterpiece, DeNiro in his first great role.
paul oh
For one of Scorcese's first, its one of his finest. The acting was great and the cinematography was raw. There is a certain feel that most Scorcese dramas… More
Melvin White
Scorsese's first masterpiece. Showed a little of what was to come with his crime epics Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and Casino. De Niro and Keitel are great… More
Martin Sahlin
Scorsese shows us early in his career that he is someone you can count on. Exellent begin of a awesome future. Very solid movie. A lot of very good… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Casta˝eda
Gritty, realistic urban drama on the Italian-American underground. The camera work and direction by Martin Scorsese are outstanding, a sign of the legend he… More

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