When it first came out I was working for a newspaper and I wrote a little column about it. Don't remember what I said except that I kind of downplayed my enthusiasm. I was skeptical of how good it really was because I was obsessed with Mean Streets and didn't want to entertain the idea that maybe this was better. That seemed like a hasty perspective.
I still can't say which is better, to be honest. One is deeper emotionally and has more of a spontaneous spark, one is a perfectly planned, expertly executed example of top-of-the-line Hollywood film-making.
For any fans, here's a recent GQ article that will take up the rest of your evening: