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: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Complex, volatile, ironic and disquieting, Scorsese's Goodfellas is a masterly achievement in intense observation.

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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

Robert De Niro is reliably dynamic, and Joe Pesci's portrait of a gangster with a sense of humour is hideously memorable, but there's no doubt that GoodFellas fights a losing battle against numbness.

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Jim Rohner
Battleship Pretension

Goodfellas is such a quintessentially American story that its appeal will likely continue to bridge across ages and experiences.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Is it a great movie? I don't think so. But it's a triumphant piece of filmmaking-journalism presented with the brio of drama.

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Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)

For its swaggering energy, the heart-in-your-throat pacing and for some of the most memorable, most imitated scenes in mafia movie history, this must rank as one of Scorsese's finest films, if not the best.

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Sarah Brinks
Battleship Pretension

I was genuinely surprised by how much I like Goodfellas and the two and half hour runtime flew by.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Anti-romantic, it nevertheless sweeps us into the allure of mob glamour -- then slams us with its cost of admission.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Goodfellas is a terrifying film because, like much of Scorsese's best work, it is about the lives of avuncular psychopaths, and pretty-boy Liotta brilliantly encapsulates that fetid contradiction.

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Tony Black
Cultural Conversation

It's an epic, it's powerful, it's funny, it's tough, it's rough and by God is it cool.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
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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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Eugene Bernabe
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
Dean King
A great life story about a boy who enrolls in the local mob. Only for it to cause huge problems for him during the course of his life. Tough violent and gritty,… More
xGary Xx
Career criminal Henry Hill reminisces upon his life of crime in this true life story based on an actual FBI case. Goodfellas is the perfect film. It has the… More