'Goodfellas' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   16 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   60 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    In GoodFellas, director Martin Scorsese does something simple and audacious: He takes the guilt out of organized crime.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Goodfellas looks and sounds as if it must be absolutely authentic.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    90
    The performances by everyone are stunning, standout.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    No finer film has ever been made about organized crime.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    May well be the most accomplished thing Scorsese's ever done.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joseph McBride Variety (Top Critic)
    Colorful but dramatically unsatisfying.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John Hartl Film.com (Top Critic)
    GoodFellas is an appalling masterpiece of the kind that, along with New York's current well-publicized troubles, is likely to give pause to anyone planning to make a trip to the city.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    100
    It is not a coincidence that Scorsese's three masterpieces all star Robert De Niro.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Glenn Abel Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Brutal, stylish, hypnotic and addictive, GoodFellas remains Scorsese's best film.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    You walk away, tantalized by a view into the darkest part of yourself, glad that that part is still behind bars.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Sean Axmaker Seanax.com
    The stylistic blast of what is surely the first rock and roll gangster movie revels in the glamour then twists on the brutality of the mob life...
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    90
    Goodfellas and The Godfather saga tower above their competition and deserve their place in the pantheon of American crime pictures.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    90
    Goodfellas and The Godfather saga tower above their competition and deserve their place in the pantheon of American crime pictures.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Film4
    100
    Arguably Scorsese's finest hour.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kevin McCarthy BDK Reviews
    100
    Arguably the greatest mob movie ever made.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    Based on Pileggi's book, Scorsese's biopic of Henry Hill is so well-crafted, shot, and acted that it easily overcomes some of the film's shortcomings, such as its dramatic shaplessness and less than powerful ending.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bullz-Eye.com
    90
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jason Zingale Bullz-Eye.com
    90
    It's not only the greatest gangster film ever made, but it's also one of the most glaring omissions in the history of the Oscars.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    94
    ...one of the best-- and most influential -- American movies ever made.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Mark Athitakis Filmcritic.com
    90
    A multi-generational tale of bad money, it is the defining American movie of the 1990s; Scorsese hasn't made a film half as good since its 1990 release.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Thomas Delapa Boulder Weekly
    88
    Long and brutal, but Scorsese was never better at marshalling his cinematic tools to tell a story ... his definitive statement about the New York City mob.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star
    100
    A drama that injects your adrenal glands with the thrill of living from score to score and walking the streets with limitless power.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary FulvueDrive-in.com
    90
    That Martin Scorsese's brilliant GoodFellas lost the 1990 Best Picture and Best Director Oscars to Dances with Wolves is one of the all-time miscarriages of justice in the history of the Academy Awards.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    Scorsese's fast, violent, stylish mobster movie is a return to form.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • James Lap Apollo Guide
    95
    The iridescence of, and questions asked by Goodfellas place the film among the great American classics.
    Full Review » 9 years ago