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The Godfather Reviews

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator
March 11, 2015
It is a long (three hours), often exciting and always well-directed film about the struggle for survival of one of the five Mafia 'families,' the Corleones, in late 1940s New York.
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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
Brando is the strong magnet that will draw fans to The Godfather. But behind-the-scenes creativity is of equal value to this film of towering proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 22, 2015
I don't see how any gifted actor could have done less than Brando does here. His resident power, his sheer innate force, has rarely seemed weaker.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 4, 2015
... its amber antique look, its misty-eyed, soft-hearted vision of honorable men battling for their shot at the American main chance as much a part of our collective iconography as ... Citizen Kane or ... The Great Gatsby.
Full Review | Original Score: 95/100
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2014
The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood.
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
February 26, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014
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 | Original Score: A+
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
September 24, 2012
Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths.
Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago
February 13, 2012
It's hard to find a moment in the film that isn't great. The Godfather lives up to the term masterpiece.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 11, 2011
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
February 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: A
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
February 23, 2011
Traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.
Richard Kattan
Sky Movies
February 23, 2011
Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 23, 2011
Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
February 23, 2011
In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 11, 2011
The Godfather films remain so powerful, so ubiquitous, because in the Corleones we see the American Dream -- and in turn, ourselves.
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin A. Ranson
April 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4.0/4.0
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Ben Walters
Time Out
September 25, 2009
As filmmaking and storytelling, 'The Godfather' remains a bravura piece of work, its set pieces, dialogue and performances entrenched cinematic icons.
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