In GoodFellas, director Martin Scorsese does something simple and audacious: He takes the guilt out of organized crime.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Goodfellas looks and sounds as if it must be absolutely authentic.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
The performances by everyone are stunning, standout.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
No finer film has ever been made about organized crime.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
May well be the most accomplished thing Scorsese's ever done.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Colorful but dramatically unsatisfying.
Joseph McBride - Variety
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.
John Hartl - Film.com
It is not a coincidence that Scorsese's three masterpieces all star Robert De Niro.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Brutal, stylish, hypnotic and addictive, GoodFellas remains Scorsese's best film.
Glenn Abel - Hollywood Reporter
You walk away, tantalized by a view into the darkest part of yourself, glad that that part is still behind bars.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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...
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
Goodfellas and The Godfather saga tower above their competition and deserve their place in the pantheon of American crime pictures.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Arguably Scorsese's finest hour.
Dean Essner - Film4
Arguably the greatest mob movie ever made.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
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.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
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.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
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.
Mark Athitakis - Filmcritic.com
...one of the best-- and most influential -- American movies ever made.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
A drama that injects your adrenal glands with the thrill of living from score to score and walking the streets with limitless power.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
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.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Scorsese's fast, violent, stylish mobster movie is a return to form.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
The iridescence of, and questions asked by Goodfellas place the film among the great American classics.
James Lap - Apollo Guide
The best gangster movie of all-time and easily, one of the best overall flicks ever.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A work of craftsmanship over art.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It was so well made that it still works today.
Douglas Pratt - DVDLaser
Brutally funny, and often just plain brutal.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
the film that Scorsese was born to make, and will be forever cited among Oscar's most glaring omissions
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Proves that not even crooks can do whatever they want-everybody is accountable.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
One of the most perfect movies ever made.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Goodfellas is the movie that sees most directly into the heart of the mob.
Martin Scribbs - Low IQ Canadian
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
O filme traz a camera agil de Scorsese e a edicao eficiente de Thelma Schoonmaker, alem de excelentes atuacoes por parte de todo o elenco - em especial de Joe Pesci, assustador como o cruel Tommy.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A highly disturbing but mesmerising look at the joys and dangers of life in the mob. One of Scorsese's best.
Dan Lybarger - Nitrate Online
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
One of the very best gangster films ever made and a prime example of why Scorsese at his best is irresistible.
Steven Snyder - Greater Milwaukee Today
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A gripping masterpiece that's pure enjoyment from start to end.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Scorsese brilliantly juxtaposes scenes of family greatness with those of bleak criminal action. The performances are superb examples of action, delivery, and nuance.
Jon Lap - Apollo Guide
Goodfellas is a tour de force that brilliantly evokes both the seductive glamour and moral degradation of organised crime.
Neil Smith - BBC
It is, in a word, brilliant.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This cinematic gem deserves its rightful place among the best films of 1990s.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Warner Bros.' GoodFellas (1990) is director Martin Scorsese's stylistic masterpiece - a follow-up film...
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Compared to less nitpicky gangster fare, GoodFellas still falters.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
This is the best mob movie ever made.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Director Scorsese does an impeccable job of covering all the ground here in a 21/2-hour film that doesn't seem long at all.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
I've come around to admiring this big monster of a movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
One comes out of Goodfellas not feeling greatly entertained but with the feeling that you have seen an authentic view of modern crime.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Martin Scorsese is an amazing director, what else can I say?
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
An expert blend of narration, period music, and dynamic tableaux creating an energetic, darkly funny, and unforgettable portrait of life among the Mob's bottom feeders
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com