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.
| Original Score: A+
Story-wise, there is so much going on that it would have been easy for a director to lose control, but Coppola (helped by a screenplay co-written by Puzo) keeps it all together beautifully.
| Original Score: 5/5
The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.
Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.
| Original Score: 5/5
The story by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola is a brilliant conjuring act, inviting us to consider the Mafia entirely on its own terms.
| Original Score: 4/4
We come to The Godfather like Kay Adams -- outsiders uncertain in our expectations - but it doesn't take long for us to be captivated by this intricate, violent world.
How do you write a review about the greatest movie ever made?
Not only the best of crime film, but all that is possible with cinematic achievement.
What more needs to be said? It's a grade-A, bona-fide Classic with a capital C.
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.
Like a favored method of Mafia influence, "The Godfather" is an offer no audience can refuse.
Like Citizen Kane, The Godfather doesn't age.
In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art.
The biggest achievement here is the establishment of mood and time.
With The Godfather, Coppola got everything right, balancing art with commerce -- and turning a big-studio project into something deeply personal and resonant.
An everyday story of Mafia folk, incorporating a severed horse's head in the bed and a number of heartwarming family occasions, as well as pointers on how not to behave in your local trattoria.
Is it really possible that this bears repeating? The Godfather is extraordinary.
Over The Godfather's three-hour running time, the story of Michael's transformation from a 'civilian' in a mob family into its hard-nosed general never flags.
| Original Score: 9/10