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.
| Original Score: 4/4
Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths.
It's hard to find a moment in the film that isn't great. The Godfather lives up to the term masterpiece.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: A
Traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.
Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.
Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood.
In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art.
The Godfather films remain so powerful, so ubiquitous, because in the Corleones we see the American Dream -- and in turn, ourselves.
The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.
With all due respect to this 1972 classic, Vizzini was right: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
| Original Score: 4.0/4.0
As filmmaking and storytelling, 'The Godfather' remains a bravura piece of work, its set pieces, dialogue and performances entrenched cinematic icons.
| Original Score: 3/5
A measured, deathly serious epic.
The greatest gangster film ever made.
Like a favored method of Mafia influence, "The Godfather" is an offer no audience can refuse.
| Original Score: A+
With the themes of family and loyalty, this film is a must see for any movie fan.
| Original Score: 4/5
Coppola offers a rich and layered look at family and does so with an incredible cast and a meticulous amount of detail.
Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic, The Godfather, is to gangster films what Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments was to super spectaculars.
| Original Score: 10/10
...it's the stellar cast's career-best work that ultimately assures the viewer's interest even through the film's less-than-enthralling stretches.
| Original Score: 3/4