And that's basically the issue I have.
verbals, and everyone, we are all "offended" by something that happens in a movie at times. We should be. Archie Bunker is a character we should be offended at because he spouts off views that are constantly racist or homophobic or sexist or whatever. That's his character. All in the Family works because there is some balance, some challenge, some other characters to display how offensive he is. But if it were just Archie, or a group of Archies, talking about their views of what is wrong with society for two hours, I'd turn it off. No matter how well directed it is, no matter the skill in other aspects, my soul can't bear such attack.
This is what happened with me in Goodfellas. Not that a character can't be offensive, but that they all were throughout the extent of the film. There was no break. The final bit is simply the crowning evil. Their motivations just don't make sense to me, in the long term, in a group. So it's a film that doesn't work for me.