Goodfellas, ranking #17 @ IMDb, is very overrated. It's certainly smart, hip, and funny. But cynicism is sometimes a cover for laziness, just one step above nihilism. There was no mob psyche. Organized crime is taken for granted. Flashy camera moves, tough looking guys in swank suits, and more hard-boiled dialogue than you could find in Dashiell Hammett. But we couldn't help hating its characters.