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: September 19, 1990
DVD Release Date: March 26, 1997
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Sure, it's a rush - but is that enough?

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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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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

The best movie about who gangsters are, and how they came to exert such a magnetic pull on American culture.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

One remains detached from the characters, but Scorsese succeeds in smashing all the foolishly romantic myths about the mob with this shocking, vigorously honest portrait of a slick yuppie gangster who couldn't stand being "an average nobody."

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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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Tom Milne
Monthly Film Bulletin

A fascinating, intelligent, and in some ways groundbreaking movie.

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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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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

It's a film full of thrilling entertainment: a juicy, wry and relentless account of a garish way of life.

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This modern classic is a fascinating tale about the rise and fall of an ambitious gangster, perfectly directed (and edited) and told in a most brutal way by… More
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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
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