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  1. 100
    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. [21 September 1990, Friday, p.C]
  2. Ferocious brutality is presented without commentary or judgment, yet with unmistakable moral understanding and vision. [21 September 1990, Daily Notebook p.E-1]
  3. 100
    GoodFellas is "Raging Bull" squared. [20 September 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
  4. Stunningly acted. [21 September 1990, The Arts, p.12]
  5. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    90
    An appalling masterpiece.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    80
    Scorsese's rich tapestry is both broader in scope and more detailed than a mere recounting of the events in the trio's life of crime.
  7. Scorsese's style, fierce as it is, doesn't accomplish what he clearly expected of it. Often, in many arts, fresh treatment can redeem familiar subjects, but it doesn't happen here. [Oct 22, 1990]

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  1. AlexaR.
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    Scary!
  2. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    An amazing film that shows mob life at its grittiest, goriest, lowest levels.

    I loved Goodfellas. Every time I watched it, it still felt
    An amazing film that shows mob life at its grittiest, goriest, lowest levels.

    I loved Goodfellas. Every time I watched it, it still felt great. But one thing really perked me. How is it a classic? It is one of the best movies I ever watched but why is it so revered? I watched it another time just to keep my eye out for details.

    Now I understand.

    It isn't easy. Especially to praise a film with countless violence and seemingly aimless profanity (300 f words total). But Goodfellas isn't about that. It's about the story. It's about the array of characters. It's about the suspense. It's one of the most accurate portraits of mob life, specifically those in the lower end of the food chain.

    THe story is narrated by Henry Hill, an ex-mobster who explains his dreams of becoming a gangster. Through Henry's eyes, being a gangster was everything. Money. Cars. Girls. Respect. Nobody would dare talk rough to a gangster. And the cops could care less too. Our main man Henry, narrates his 30-year career as a mob member from parking cars to setting cars on fire to dealing drugs to carrying out dastardly schemes (the infamous Lufthansa heist). In the end, Henry is forced to give up his mob life and expose his fellow gangsters after learning his best friend is going to kill him. Even then, he still misses his old life stating that he is now a regular guy aka a nobody, a "schnook".

    Robert De Niro is charming yet cunning as Jimmy Conway. He smiles but behind is a greedy desire. He makes sure he gets what he wants and those who don't follow him get whacked. Joe Pesci, the show stealer, gives a fiery performance as the short-tempered Tommy De Vito. He wants respect and one word is enough to make him go berserk. Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco both give fine performances even though they are the most thankless roles in the film.

    Dialogue is a highlight even if it is laced with numerous profanity. But the music is something that really adds to the success. The eclectic rock soundtrack fits its scenes like a modern-day orchestra. Scorsese is able to fit a piano version of Layla and a montage of dead bodies so perfectly. That is a rare gift.

    Once again my favorite director stuns me with another classic that I now fully realize as a classic. It may not be his best (that would be Taxi Driver) but it definitely is one of them.
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  3. AliS.
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    Its a very good film that I love it as my best.
  4. Feb 9, 2014
    10
    Whoa. This movie is incredible. Scorcese created a masterpiece. The acting, the story, the characters...wow. It shows off the grittiness ofWhoa. This movie is incredible. Scorcese created a masterpiece. The acting, the story, the characters...wow. It shows off the grittiness of mob life, and how you work your way up the food chain. Its about lies. Its about violence. Its a fantastic movie. Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2011
    10
    The best mob story ever written by Martin Scorsese and also in the cinema too. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci played the mostThe best mob story ever written by Martin Scorsese and also in the cinema too. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci played the most awesomest performances of a lifetime. Expand
  6. Jan 2, 2014
    9
    A great movie all round. Good acting, perfect pacing, and direction. You feel like you know what it would've been like to live the life of theA great movie all round. Good acting, perfect pacing, and direction. You feel like you know what it would've been like to live the life of the main character because it seemed so personal with the narration. It's a very upfront film with no special effects or jazzing up because it doesn't NEED lots of action or anything. It's just pure brilliance in storytelling. Expand
  7. ChadS.
    May 13, 2007
    6
    This IS NOT...NOT...the best gangsta movie ever. It's not even close, and it surely isnt Scorsese best film. I unfortunately watched This IS NOT...NOT...the best gangsta movie ever. It's not even close, and it surely isnt Scorsese best film. I unfortunately watched this after watching Casino, which is much better, and since they are very similiar movies i would highly recommend you either A. watch this movie first, then Casino or B. watch Casino and dont watch this movie...just ok Expand

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