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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  1. 100
    No finer film has ever been made about organized crime - not even "The Godfather."
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Great cinema - and also a whopping good time. [19 September 1990, Life, p.1D]
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    So it is Scorsese's triumph that GoodFellas offers the fastest, sharpest 2 1/2-hr. ride in recent film history. [Sept 24, 1990]
  4. Stunningly acted. [21 September 1990, The Arts, p.12]
  5. One of Martin Scorsese's most brutal but stunning movies, an incredible, relentless experience about the singleminded pursuit of crime.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeremy Beday
    80
    Martin Scorsese scores again with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling "Wiseguy."
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 100
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
  1. Mar 28, 2011
    10
    There must be something extremely wrong with you if you don't love this movie. Either the violence is to graphic or language is strong, you've got to at least love it. Expand
  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
    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. Oct 16, 2012
    10
    Best movies I've seen in this year is Looper and batman the dark knight rises ,my all time favorite movie's are The Godfather (1972) .Taxi Driver (1976). Carrie (1976). Scarface (1983). GoodFellas (1990) . Raging Bull (1980) .Casino (1995) there masterpiece movies, what i don't like are the silly remakes why a new carrie movie ? this is the 4th movie carrie the made it's just stupid ,Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie are absolutely perfect ,they both got Oscar nominations out of it, for God sake! Expand
  4. Dec 15, 2013
    10
    I just finished Goodfellas for the first time, and wow. A stunning film that captures organized crime to perfection. The screenplay, the direction, and the acting are all superb. Usually, I write wordy essays critiquing films, but this transcends words. One of my favorite films ever made. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2014
    10
    One of my favorite movies of all time. Definetly my favorite gangster movie. If you haven't seen this film, you owe it to yourself to watch it. Its exciting, fun, exhilarating! Not to mention its based on a true story! Great movie, watch it. Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2013
    9
    Loved this film. Scorsese hits a home run as expected and the acting was absolutely tremendous. While I definitely prefer The Godfather (parts I and II), Goodfellas is definitely worthy of being called one of the best gangster films of all-time. Awesome stuff here. Expand
  7. Mar 28, 2012
    7
    Not nearly as good as it is made out to be. I recently rewatched goodfellas and found it over long and discovered the film has no actual story but simply it's goal is to portray life as a gangster as realistically as possible. Expand

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