Critic Reviews

  • 100
    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. [21 September 1990, Friday, p.C]
  • 100
    Mr. Showbiz
    Director Martin Scorsese's spectacular, irreverent picture.
  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
    Stunningly acted. [21 September 1990, The Arts, p.12]
  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
    No finer film has ever been made about organized crime - not even "The Godfather."
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    Ferocious brutality is presented without commentary or judgment, yet with unmistakable moral understanding and vision. [21 September 1990, Daily Notebook p.E-1]
  • 90
    Desson Thomson Washington Post
    One of Martin Scorsese's most brutal but stunning movies, an incredible, relentless experience about the singleminded pursuit of crime.
  • 90
    John Hartl
    An appalling masterpiece.
  • 80
    Rolling Stone
    Martin Scorsese scores again with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling "Wiseguy."
  • 70
    Simultaneously fascinating and repellent, Goodfellas is Martin Scorsese's colorful but dramatically unsatisfying inside look at Mafia life in 1955-1980 New York City.
  • 50
    Stanley Kauffmann The New Republic
    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]