After watching this, I understand why some have described the main character as the Forrest Gump of organized crime. But leaving aside the issue of historical veracity, I fail to see the point of this movie. It didn't cover any ground that hadn't been covered in Goodfellas or Casino (for that matter, I think it was Roger Ebert who said Casino was largely superfluous). One last hurrah for Scorsese-De Niro-Pesci, now with Pacino!, isn't a good enough reason.
Sometimes this felt like a mob movie for remedial students
You definitely don't want a silencer. You want to make a lot of noise to make the witnesses run away. No shit Frank. We've all seen The Godfather ("Yeah, I left it noisy. That way, it scares any pain-in-the-ass innocent bystanders away"). And we've all heard the stories about Kennedy, the Bay of Pigs, blah blah blah.
When we're told Allen Dorfman's fate, I don't think I should be thinking "Oh yeah, that's the guy Alan King played in Casino" (and could they have at least have reported the correct year of his death?)
And the de-aging didn't work, De Niro looked ridiculous standing over his newborn child when he was allegedly the same age as his wife.