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New York Times:
No matter how bleak the milieu, no matter how heartbreaking the narrative, some films are so thoroughly, beautifully realized they have a kind of tonic effect that has no relation to the subject matter.
The acting and editing have such an original, tumultuous force that the picture is completely gripping.
Los Angeles Times:
Its greatness lies in its leanness, with nary a word, a move, a gesture that's nonessential.
In countless ways, right down to the detail of modern TV crime shows, Mean Streets is one of the source points of modern movies.
Scorsese is exceptionally good at guiding his largely unknown cast to near-flawless recreations of types. Outstanding in this regard is De Niro.