• R, 2 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Francis Ford Coppola
    In Theaters:
    Mar 24, 1972 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 9, 2001
  • Paramount Pictures

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The Godfather Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 26, 2014
Andrew Collins
Radio Times

This elegiac organised-crime saga from the young Francis Ford Coppola is one of the all-time high watermarks of American cinema, rich with subtle acting and blessed with stunning cinematography from Gordon Willis.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 26, 2014
Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine

That lasting popularity isn't a fluke; the "Godfather" films stand the test of time because these aren't just movies, they're cultural touchstones.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 4, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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To permit us a glimpse at The Mob, with all of its ethnic insularity, is like giving a chronic gambler a chance to wander above the false mirrors that overlook every casino.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 18, 2013
Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
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Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 24, 2012
Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago

It's hard to find a moment in the film that isn't great. The Godfather lives up to the term masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago

February 13, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A defining film in the history of cinema, The Godfather introduced a legendary filmmaker and several acting greats in the telling of an Italian American dynasty undone by the tragic circumstances of their criminal exploits.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

August 11, 2011
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This compeling movie of mafia and family life is superb in every department, writing, acting, directing, a highlight of Coppola's career as well as of New American Cinema.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

February 27, 2011
F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
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Traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 23, 2011
Richard Kattan
Sky Movies

Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 5/5

February 23, 2011
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

February 23, 2011
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 23, 2011
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The Godfather films remain so powerful, so ubiquitous, because in the Corleones we see the American Dream -- and in turn, ourselves.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

February 11, 2011
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media

The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2011
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com

With all due respect to this 1972 classic, Vizzini was right: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Original Score: 4.0/4.0

April 21, 2010
Ben Walters
Time Out
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As filmmaking and storytelling, 'The Godfather' remains a bravura piece of work, its set pieces, dialogue and performances entrenched cinematic icons.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

September 25, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

A measured, deathly serious epic.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

September 25, 2009

Total Film

The greatest gangster film ever made.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

September 25, 2009

Daily Record [UK]

Don't miss an opportunity to see a classic such as this on the big screen.

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 5/5

September 25, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Like a favored method of Mafia influence, "The Godfather" is an offer no audience can refuse.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

May 3, 2009
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